Collective Bargaining


There are few processes in labour relations more critical to the success of an unionized organization than collective bargaining. The collective agreement will impact your organization, and your employees, for years to come.

Given its significance, it is critical your team understands the process. In this session, Harris’ seasoned labour lawyers outline the various stages of collective bargaining, offering practice insights and sharing strategies for how to deal with procedural and substantive bargaining issues that often arise during negotiations. Attendees will improve their understanding of key issues including:

  • Preparing for negotiations: materials, timelines and other considerations
  • Managing expectations and priorities of involved parties
  • Mediation, and other strategies for reaching agreement

Harris’ Foundations courses empower attendees with the skills and knowledge to tackle their daily workplace law challenges. Providing an introductory overview on integral topics like Human Rights, Collective Bargaining and Privacy, Foundations courses have been developed for new managers and department heads, junior HR professionals, and executives looking to better understand an employer’s legal obligations in the workplace.

Learning format and materials

The session will be framed by a fictional round of bargaining. Participants will be provided with information about the Union, the Employer and the anticipated bargaining issues. Within this framework, we will discuss how to prepare your package, plan for bargaining sessions, deliver your proposals and respond to union proposals at the table. We will also address how to frame a final MOA, when to use mediation, the essentials of strike planning and preparing for a dispute. Participants will receive additional resource materials for on-the-job reference.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for professionals directly involved in negotiating collective agreements for their organization. The workshop is relevant for unionized workforces.


Lindsie Thomson and Ingrid Otto

If you are unable to attend live, registrants will receive access to the webinar recordings for 30 days. Sorry, no cancellations or refunds available.

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC) has pre-approved this online course for 4.0 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.



  • Type Foundations Series
  • Date December 7, 2020
  • Time 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location Online (Pacific Standard Time)
  • Cost $300 + GST per person