Interest wanes on interest-based?

Mutual gains bargaining has its successes, as well as a hardened group of detractors
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/17/2006

In Atlantic Canada, particularly among industries that are some distance from major markets, many workers have a better understanding that their welfare and the well-being of the companies they work for depend on each other.

At least, that’s how Nova Scotia employment lawyer Donald McDougall sees it. Business owners, too, live side by side among the people they employ, so they seem to be more attuned to workers’ needs.

McDougall, a lawyer with Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, has sat on both sides of the bargaining table but currently works on management’s side. He is an ardent believer in interest-based or mutual gains bargaining.