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Workplaces that Work: Building and maintaining productive union-management relationships by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

February 21 - February 22

Collective bargaining, contract administration, and occupational safety have always involved close contact between unions and employers, but the areas of required interface have increased dramatically and become more complex. Protecting psychological health and safety, preventing harassment, promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and ensuring civility and respect are all tasks that require positive, productive working relationships between unions and employers. This intensive two-day seminar will prepare management and union representatives to work together on these issues.

Through interactive exercises, panel discussions, and case studies, participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate the legal and practical roles of union and employer representatives in developing and maintaining a productive working relationship;
  • Reduce the risk of negative conflict between workplace participants;
  • Promote a healthy workplace;
  • Build the communication framework and trust necessary to deal with key areas of mutual interest to employers and unions, including:
  • Protecting psychological health and safety;
  • Preventing harassment and violence;
  • Promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging;
  • Ensuring civility and respect;
  • Restoring workplaces that have become toxic.