IDRL 404: Rights at Work: Grievance Arbitration Report a Broken Link

This course examines how disputes in unionized workplaces are resolved. Arbitration is the final step in an employee grievance process, wherein the parties agree to have a neutral third party (an arbitrator or arbitration board) resolve their differences. Grievance arbitration (also known as “rights arbitration”) casts a long shadow over how employers and unions negotiate and interpret collective agreements. It is therefore essential that union and management labour relations representatives have a thorough grounding in the principles, conduct, and changing face of grievance arbitration.

Unit 1


Required Readings
Supreme Court of Canada, Canadian Merchant Service Guild v. Gagnon et al., [1984] 1 S.C.R. 509

File No.: 16891. 1984: March 13; 1984: June 7.

Gladwell, M., How David Beats Goliath. (May 11, 2009). The New Yorker, 85, 13. p.40.
Supreme Court of Canada, Weber v. Ontario Hydro, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 929

File No.: 23401. 1994: December 6; 1995: June 29.

1999 CarswellOnt 5421

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Supplementary Readings
Alberta Labour Relations Board, HEALTH SCIENCES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA, Applicant and MISERICORDIA HOSPITAL, Respondent. Board File: GE-01692. November 29, 1995.

Unit 2


Required Readings
KVP Co. Ltd. and Lumber & Sawmill Workers’ Union, Local 2537 Ontario Grievance Arbitration J.B. Robinson C.C.J., D. Wren, R.V. Hicks, Q.C. May 30, 1965
Supreme Court of Canada, Pointe‑Claire (City) v. Quebec (Labour Court), [1997] 1 S.C.R. 1015

File No.: 24845. 1996: November 6; 1997: April 24.

Supplementary Readings
Alberta Labour Relations Board, THE HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES UNION OF ALBERTA, Applicant and VERSA SERVICES LTD., MARRIOTT MANAGEMENT SERVICES and ALBERTA HOSPITAL EDMONTON, Respondents Board File: GE-01192. September 1, 1993.

Unit 3


Required Readings
Court of Queen's Bench, Smoky River Coal Limited v. United Steelworkers of America, Local 7621, 1984 CanLII 1165 (AB Q.B.) Date: 1984-04-17 Docket: 8303-30054

1999 CarswellNat 3339

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