Oakbridges - Labour Relations Strategists

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Thomson Reuters Carswell , December 2013

By Hugh Secord and Sue Mackintosh

Out of the Mist is now published.   Order now at the Thomson Reuters Canada - Carswell Store.  Out of the Mist is a Canadian Labour Reporter Special Report

This book examines the theories behind the development of canadian industrial relations strategies. Drawing from strategic approaches from other disciplines we seek ways to understand why labour relations strategy is important. Ultimately we believe that a comprehensive approach to industrial relations creates competitive advantages for organizations and shared value for the communities in which they operate.

We examine strategies at different levels in the organizations from the mission statement (or organizational doctrine), through the operations level and down to the granular level of applying the concepts to negotiations or responding to an organizing drive. Consequently the book should serve as a practical model for anyone who wants to think of how organizations can become more strategic. The ultimate focus is to show how to create competitive advantage and shared value.

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By Hugh Secord

This book will help you to realize the full potential of your department's role in your organization and maximize the positive impact on your business. It ensures that employees and managers understand your organization's expectations, policies, and practices. It helps you become the internal organizational expert, drawing senior management to your proactive approach to HR strategies and confirming how HR is instrumental in helping the organization flourish. It also develops methods for implementing successful HR strategies that will impact the organization's culture, business objectives, and overall success.  [OUT OF PRINT]

Carswell , Toronto , 2005

By Hugh Secord.

Absenteeism costs Canadian organizations billions of dollars in lost productivity, health care benefits and the impact on employee morale. Managing employee attendance can have significant impact on the bottom line. Organizations that are able to control absenteeism are distinguished by their positive employee relations cultures. Ultimately this strengthens the over-all value-proposition and creates a strong bond between the organization and its clients.

This HR Manager’s Guide looks at the root causes of absenteeism and offers practical solutions to improve employee attendance and cut the costs associated with excessive absences. This Guide also examines some of the tricky legal issues associated with managing absences due to long term illnesses and injuries, substance abuse and pattern absenteeism. The reader will learn how to effectively counsel employees with chronic absenteeism issues, how to use discipline effectively and how to avoid litigation in cases where terminating the employment relationship becomes necessary.

By Hugh Secord and Sue Mackintosh

First of all.. what is Industrial Relations? We define this term and Labour Relations and Employee Relations and discuss the points of intersection. An organizations' industrial relations and labour relations environment is an area of governance that any Board of Directors member should be aware of. The paper frames the discussion in terms of risk management and governance and continues on to outline The Top 10 Aspects of Labour Relations that Every Board of Directors Should Know:

  • What to Unions Do;
  • Who the Leaders of the Union are;
  • How an organization creates a Labour Relations Strategy;
  • The risks inherent in a collective bargaining relationship;
  • The true costs of being unionized;
  • How a collective agreement affects organizational policies;
  • How a union's jurisdiction and scope of work are defined;
  • The impact being unionized has on productivity;
  • Why collaborative approaches don't seem to work between organizations and unions;
  • How organizations can reduce the conflict and adversarial approaches inherent in collective bargaining.