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Why you should read Canadian Labour Reporter

We’ve added something exciting in 2014 to the country’s top resource for labour relations news and collective agreements

By Todd Humber

There’s always a lot of things happening in the offices of Canadian HR Reporter. It’s a fast-paced environment, as the team of editors here cranks out an impressive amount of content on a daily basis.

Canadian HR Reporter publishes 22 times a year, but that’s just one of the publications we produce at Carswell Media to help human resources professionals and employers.

We also have:

• Canadian Labour Reporter (48x per year)

• Canadian Employment Law Today (22x per year)

• Canadian Payroll Reporter (12x per year)

• Canadian Safety Reporter (12x per year)

• Canadian Occupational Safety magazine (8x per year)

• Canadian Employer (12x per year)

• Executive Series Digest (2x per year)

• HR Guide (1x per year)

• HR Wall Calendar (1x per  year).

That’s about 140 deadlines a year to hit, and that doesn’t even cover the daily web posts we do on and its sister publications, blogs, videos or roundtables. (Plus there are also publications aimed at lawyers, including Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer and Law Times… but we’ll keep the focus here on publications of interest to HR professionals.)

Throughout the course of 2014, I’m going to put the spotlight on some of the products we publish and the innovative things we’re doing to make them even better to help you in your day-to-day tasks.

Canadian Labour Reporter

First up is Canadian Labour Reporter, or CLR as we call in internally (we’re big on acronyms).

Canadian Labour Reporter has a long history of providing unbiased information to both union and management. It’s been publishing weekly since 1956, and was originally known as CLV Reports. If your organization has a union, this is a publication you shouldn’t be without.

We’ve revamped the weekly newsletter, which usually runs eight pages, over the last year or so. It has two new editors at the helm — Sabrina Nanji and Liz Foster, and they’ve helped put a stronger focus on news without losing any of the in-depth analysis of collective agreements that form the backbone of the product. Here’s a look at what’s in a typical issue.

News coverage: In the last three issues, we’ve covered:

• Bill 45 and Bill 46, new legislation in Alberta that have sparked an uproar in labour circles. As part of that article, we talked to Gary Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE); Thomas Lukaszuk, who heads up the newly formed Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour; and Brian Lee Crowley, managing director at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

• A move by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to make psychological assessments an official part of its hiring process. As part of that article, we talked to Sara Parkes, media relations advisor for CSC; Howard Sapers, Canada’s federal correctional investigator; and Jasin Godin, national vice-president for the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO).

• The falling unionization rate in Canada. As part of that article, we talked to Karla Thorpe, director of the leadership and human resources division at the Conference Board of Canada; Mark Leier, labour historian at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.; and John Mortimer, president of Labour Watch.

That’s just a snippet, but it gives you an idea of the type of news and coverage you get with Canadian Labour Reporter — we talk to some of the most important players and brightest minds in the industry.

Collective agreements: Each issue also features a detailed look at six recent collective agreements. Our editors summarize every agreement in a template format, so you can see critical information at a glance. And, starting with the Jan. 6 issue, we’ve made an exciting new addition — we’re also including a PDF of the original collective agreement with the summaries online.

It’s a great new resource — not only can you see the summary, but you can also open up the agreement to look at all the fine points. It’s an indispensable tool to have with you as you prepare for the next round of negotiations at the bargaining table.

You can see a sample of a collective agreement summary involving Alberta Exchanger and the IBB, including the attached PDF of the original collective agreement, here.

Arbitration summaries: Each issue also features the details of two recent arbitration cases. It helps you stay on top of trends in jurisprudence, and can help you navigate similar situations in your workplace.

Online archive: Your subscription to Canadian Labour Reporter also includes unlimited access to the online archive, which has a searchable database of recent collective agreements (you can search by sector, province, union and bargaining unit size), news and arbitration summaries.

For more information about Canadian Labour Reporter, visit or click on the Canadian Labour Reporter tab in the navigation bar on this page. You can subscribe today at

Todd Humber is the managing editor of Canadian HR Reporter, the national journal of human resource management, and its family of publications. He can be reached at or visit for more information.

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Todd Humber

Todd Humber is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Canadian HR Reporter, the national journal of human resource management. Follow him on Twitter @ToddHumber
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