Evidence-based labour relations

Supporting the search for common ground
By Jane Cooper, Shannon Jackson and Lisa Irish
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/30/2017

Labour relations practitioners — whether they work for employers or unions — have long relied on evidence to support their bargaining positions. But what they do with that evidence is changing.

In the past, evidence was often used as a tool to strengthen adversarial positions. Now, evidence is being used by both sides to help find common ground where collaboration can grow for the benefit of the organization.

Both parties are working to adapt to technological change and social media to engage younger workers. And both unions and employers are expressing an interest in partnering on initiatives to tackle challenges related to health and safety, precarious work and marginalized groups.