Labour Relations Outlook 2023: Part II—New Insights From the Bargaining Table

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Labour Relations Outlook 2023: Part II—New Insights From the Bargaining Table

Human Resources
Pages:23 pages17 min read

Author: Liz Marcil


This data briefing highlights key bargaining topics for 2023 that were discussed during a series of executive roundtables and individual interviews with Canadian union representatives and employers of unionized employees.

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In this research, we explore issues that put additional strain on the union-management relationship over the past year. We highlight the efforts of Canadian unions and employers to develop competitive compensation packages designed to mitigate the impacts of rising inflation, prioritize employee mental health, and compete for talent despite Canada’s persistent labour shortages.

How are unions and employers responding to employee expectations around continued access to flexible work arrangements, such as hybrid and remote work, that began during the pandemic? Given labour-related challenges in different industries, what efforts are unions and employers making to attract and retain talent?

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Key Findings
The union-management climate is strained
Unions have seen higher levels of member engagement
Wages, benefits, and flexible work are top bargaining priorities in 2023
Employee mental health and labour shortages named top challenges for 2023
Multi-pronged approaches to mitigating the labour shortage
Final thoughts
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Executive roundtable and interview participants
Appendix C: Bibliography

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