Management holds upper hand — for now

Unions may make concessions during downturn but both sides show signs of wanting to co-operate more, says study
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2002

The sliding economy of the last year has put employers in a position of power when negotiating with unions, according to a leading Canadian business think-tank.

With the possibility of layoffs a real danger facing many organizations in a contracting economy, the pendulum of power has shifted to management, explained Derrick Hynes in the Conference Board of Canada’s annual

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