Oakbridges - Labour Relations Strategists

We bring strength to bridging the gap

Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining

Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists help organizations develop and execute comprehensive Labour Relations strategies.   We create unique value for our clients by ensuring the business meets its specific objectives through improved performance: increased productivity, improved individual contributions and discretionary efforts, improved product and service quality, decreased absenteeism and better safety performance.

We ensure that the organization manages its relationships with key stakeholders to mitigate against risks to the business. The obvious risks are related to work disruptions.  However we help identify other risks including the impact a collective bargaining relationship can have on operational flexibility and competitive advantage.  We create strategies that diminish any risks to the business’s reputation, market share and importantly risks to its brand.

For non-union organizations and in situations where the workforce is considering union representation, our strategists have significant experience ensuring that employees are well-informed about the realities of unionization in a modern competitive businesses.  We will ensure that management's voice is heard and that employees understand the consequences of unionization before they make a decision to relinquish their individual control over their employment arrangements.   We work with non union organizations to establish employee relations substitution strategies, create ongoing programs to maintain healthy direct employee relations. 


While collective bargaining is an element of what we do, we go beyond the traditional labour relations focuses to examine all aspects of organizational culture including the business strategy (Vision, Mission and Objectives), leadership, organizational policies, supervisory skills, corporate citizenship, reputation in the marketplace (for both products and as an employer) and communications.  Our consultants have been engaged in bargaining in over 300 rounds of negotiations across Canada and in the U.S.

We have experience in dealing with every major union in Canada.

In addition we have specialists engaged in Workplace Safety who can help clients with injury management and WSIB/WCB claims management.

There is substantial waste that is often never identified in a work environment that has any level of mistrust.   When you are focussed on winning or losing, it leaves little time to address running the business.  We have an excellent track record in finding approaches that eliminate waste and engage all stakeholders, including employees, unions, community leaders and special interests groups.


Specific Labour Relations Services:

We have skilled facilitators who can deliver supervisory training, conduct strategy planning sessions and develop complete employee relations programs. These are highly customized approaches designed specifically to address compelling business issues and to drive immediate results. We have significant experiences in the development and implementation of various programs including:

• Organizational Restructuring

• Outplacement

• Dispute Resolution

• Attendance Management

• Performance Management

• Structured Labour-Management Forums

• Facilitated Bargaining

• Relationships By Objectives

• Supervisory Training