HRM 899 - Labour Relations C22 (Online)
Required Course Materials:
N/A - All course materials will be available in Avenue to Learn
Optional Course Materials:
This course provides the student with an
overall understanding of the importance of partnership between employers and
unions in labour relations. This course explores: the historical challenges
and foundational interests of labour unions within the Canadian context; the
social and economic impact unions have had in workplaces and in our society;
current trends and contextual factors impacting labour relations; the legal
framework governing labour and employment in Ontario, including an overview of
the Ontario Labour Relations Act, the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the
Human Rights Code, and other relevant legislation; the processes for establishing
a union and engaging in collective bargaining; the critical importance of
effective workplace investigations; and the practical application of effective
partnership between the employer and union in administering the collective
agreement, handling grievances, negotiating agreements, and resolving
Upon completion of this course, students will:
the historical challenges, foundational interests, and overall impact of
labour unions within the Canadian context.
- Discuss current trends and contextual factors impacting labour relations in Ontario.
- Describe the legal framework governing labour and employment in Ontario, how unions are established, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitration.
- Understand employer and union responsibilities regarding human rights issues, and the impact of such responsibilities on labour relations.
- Identify the aspects of an effective workplace investigation and understand its importance and how it supports processes associated with discipline and discharge.
- Apply an interest-based approach to enable effective partnership between the employer and union in administering the collective agreement, handling grievances, negotiating agreements, and resolving disputes.
The final grade is calculated based on the
Assignment 1 – Conflict Resolution: 25%
Assignment 2 – Avenues for Resolution: 25%
Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys. Course evaluations are administered through an online resource. Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations. In all cases, students will remain anonymous.
This course is designed to present the
fundamental concepts and theories in labour
relations and promote the application to the
workplace and professional practice. Course activities
will include quizzes, discussions, synchronous webinars and required readings.
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.
Policy & Procedures:
Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.
*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance
application of the policy)
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email email@example.com. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious,
indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy.
Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make
alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster
Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
In this course, we will be using
on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external
web sites. Students should be aware
that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private
information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail
accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in
the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used.
Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you
have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with
the course instructor.
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the
responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all
of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are
described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the
“Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive
environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community
members, whether in-person or online.
It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions
online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The
Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere
with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or
behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g.
use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously
and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the
involved students’ access to these platforms.
Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances,
and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright
protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original
literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.
The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of
instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the
instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the
purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire
permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice
and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the
instructor if this is a concern for you.
In this course, we will be using a
web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism. Students will be
expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com and in hard copy
so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to
submit their work to Turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the instructor.
No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to
Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that
standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).
To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy
The instructor reserves the right to
modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
The University reserves the right to change the dates and
deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe
weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through
regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L
and/or McMaster email.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (/academic-faqs).
Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).
A+ = 90 - 100 %
A = 85 - 89 %
A- = 80 - 84 %
B+ = 77 - 79 %
B = 73 - 76 %
B- = 70 - 72 %
C+ = 67 - 69 %
C = 63 - 66 %
C- = 60 - 62 %
D+ = 57 - 59 %
D = 53 - 56 %
D- = 50 - 52 %
F = 0 - 49 %
Module 1: The History of the
Canadian Labour Movement
Module 2: The Labour Relations
Module 3: Human Rights in the
Module 4: Workplace Harassment and
Module 5: Workplace Investigations
Module 6: Performance Management,
Progressive Discipline, and Discharge
Module 7: Collective Bargaining
Module 8: The Collective Agreement
Module 9: Negotiation Skills and
Module 10: The Grievance and
Module 11: Alternative Dispute
Module 12: The Future of Labour