Labour Disputes


It goes without saying that strikes and lockouts have a negative impact on both employers and employees. Unfortunately, the consequences can also go on to affect your business for years afterwards. Though many negotiators try to avoid disputes whenever possible, the reality is that they may have to occur. All negotiators should be prepared for the possibility of a dispute by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their position.

In this session, presenters will cover the basics, and not-so-basics, of preparing for a labour dispute, as well as how to address the many challenges that arise in the dispute process, including:

  • How to utilize the Board’s meditation process
  • The process for determining essential services
  • Picketing and the jurisdiction of the Court and the Board
  • The use of replacement workers and excluded staff
  • Best practices for effective communication

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

This course will be completed over 2 online sessions and will incorporate group discussions, case studies and hypothetical scenarios to provide participants with the opportunity to apply their learnings. All attendees will be provided access to the presentation for 30 days, along with additional resource materials for on-the-job reference.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for new labour relations professionals or established negotiators looking for a refresher on the topic. The workshop is relevant for unionized workforces.


Mark Colavecchia and Vincent Johnston

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 November 24-25, 2020
  • Time 8:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Location Online (Pacific Standard Time)
  • Cost $300 + GST per person