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Canadian Labour Reporter Special Report: Out of the Mist: Understanding Canadian Labour Relations Strategy
By: Hugh Secord, CHRP, SHRP, Sue Mackintosh, B.Comm, MIR
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Develop an effective labour and employee relations strategy for Canadian organizations.

This unique book covers the theory and foundation concepts of labour relations strategy. Labour relations strategy is all about developing an effective organizational culture and the employee relations climate to achieve the overall business objectives. The authors explore various themes by borrowing from several disciplines and applying relevant concepts to the labour relations context. The book takes a collaborative view of the subject in spite of the adversarial nature of traditional labour relations. The authors have structured the book around the Buddhist parable of searching for the Ox to make it more interesting and to help describe strategic thought as a journey. The book is written for anyone who is in, or aspires to be, in a strategic role with responsibilities for the management of people (especially in a unionized environment or one that could potentially become unionized). This includes senior executives, HR practitioners, labour relations specialists and people in general management roles. The book seeks to inspire them to think strategically about the practice of labour relations and to ensure they have a labour relations strategy that creates and sustains competitive advantage for their organization and creates shared value for multiple stakeholders.
About the Author
Hugh Secord, B.A., M.B.A., CHRP, SHRP is Chief Strategist with Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists Inc. Hugh has been a Human Resource Management and Labour Relations Consultant practicing throughout Canada with over 30 years of experience in virtually every industrial sector. He held several Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) positions before entering the consulting field in 2005. Hugh has acted as chief spokesman in over 130 collective agreements and has been involved in resolving hundreds of grievances and other employment disputes. He has proactively promoted alternative dispute resolution methods, and his innovative approaches led to one of the first evergreen ("no-strike") contracts in the private sector. Hugh is the author of several books on human resource management practices including Implementing Best Practices in Human Resources Management, Best Practices: Strategic Human Resources Management and HR Manager's Guide to Attendance Management, and has written over 250 articles on human resources and labour relations topics. In addition, he has taught Organizational Behaviour and Employment Law courses and has spoken on labour topics in various forums.
Sue Mackintosh, B.Comm., M.I.R. is Chief Strategist and Managing Director with Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists Inc. She has 25 plus years' experience in HR and labour relations roles. After graduating from Queen's University with her Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) and Master of Industrial Relations (M.I.R.) degrees, Sue spent a good part of her career with the George Weston/Loblaw Companies Ltd. in senior HR and labour relations roles. She then went on to be a senior leader in labour relations with Bruce Power where she developed long-term labour relations strategies to improve relationships with the Society of Energy Professionals and the Building Trade Unions. Her expertise includes strategy and policy development, communication, case management, reporting and governance, collective bargaining and employee engagement. Sue has experience in many sectors of the economy including the manufacturing, retail, logistics, energy and construction industries. She has co-authored several articles on shared value and the application of that principle to industrial relations.