Managing in a Unionized Work Environment

Navigate unionized workplaces with precision.

This 2-day program for mid-career leaders takes the guesswork out of managing unionized employee groups. Join hundreds of public and private sector organizational leaders who have gained legal and leadership perspectives through this program and who now understand employment laws and how to build progressive workplaces.

Managing in a Unionized Work Environment

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Fees: $2,650
Length: 2 days of study
Next Session: November 20, 2024 to
November 21, 2024
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Managing in a Unionized Work Environment

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Your How-To Guide
For Leadership Under Union Laws

Managing unionized employees is trickier than ever. Constantly evolving collective agreements, labour laws, human rights codes, and grievance and disciplinary procedures make establishing and maintaining cohesive, trusting, and motivated workforces a never-ending challenge. Not an impossible one, though.

In this 2-day program, navigate this difficult territory with up-to-date labour relations knowledge, proven leadership approaches to improving workplace relations, and best practices for making smart and impactful human resources and management decisions. 

Traverse through integral union topics like management-union relationships and managing collective agreements within the guidelines of key legislative bodies.

Participants also receive post-program guidance, receiving a pragmatic workbook with over a dozen forms to set up a formal performance improvement program with unionized staff and Instructor Cy Charney’s bestselling book about leadership, Just-in-Time Management.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Critical Thinking
Strategic Decision Making
Conflict Management

4 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education For Busy Professionals

This program packs rich insights into 2 full days of study so you can apply your new skills right away.

Stand Out From The Crowd

Learn how to lead and make decisions in unionized workforces to motivate and retain employees for the long run.

Learn From An Industry Leader

Dive deep into union laws with renowned experts in organizational performance and human resources.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teammates.

Who Will Benefit

Mid-Career Leaders

Managers in unionized workplaces will learn how to navigate shifting union laws, facilitate union-employee relationships, and gain the knowledge and expertise to level up to more senior roles. This program is ideal for front-line and HR supervisors and workplaces with complex union regulations, such as public sector departments, municipalities, educational institutions, unionized agencies and healthcare organizations.

What Difference Will You Make?

This program was in line with my daily duties and responsibilities. I will be able to incorporate my learning into my performance management of my team. I would recommend this program for anyone who manages in a unionized environment.

- S. Mancini Assistant Security Manager, Oxford Properties Group

This program is a must for all front-line and middle-management managers who support unionized employees. It allows managers to increase morale, productivity and labour relations.

- B. Smith Plant Manager, Honeywell

Program Overview

  • Learn the key principles and practical applications of Human Rights, Employment Standards, and Health and Safety legislation.

  • Navigate agreement features, such as hours of work, scheduling, union and leave entitlements, and rules of conduct. Understand how collective bargaining and union-workplace relationships work, and gain a comprehensive understanding of grievance procedures.

  • Deal with union issues correctly and plan for the right outcomes, accounting for place, time and process. Discuss key disciplinary and process topics such as progressive discipline, penalties, pay suspensions, and proving just cause.

  • Run through techniques for controlling tardiness, improving attendance and managing poor conduct and harassment. Learn how to identify and respond to mental health issues in the workplace and about worker’s compensation and disability plans.

  • Differentiate between employee and labour relations. Learn how to effectively manage responsibilities while still following contract and union guidelines, and set goals and standards with your teams rather than for them. End the program by highlighting the importance of constructive feedback, recognition, and reward.

  • Fall 2024 Dates Time
    Managing in a Unionized Work Environment 11/20/2024 - 11/21/2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Cy Charney,
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What You Get

After completing Managing in a Unionized Work Environment, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Advanced Badge

Show that you’re able to apply knowledge at a strategic, organizational level.

Pre-Approved HRPA Hours

14 HRPA-CPD Hours

This program has been approved for CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at

Custom Programs for Organizations

Use this program as we designed it, or alter it to fit your company’s needs. Either way, we can help you improve your organization's talent pipeline. Get in touch with our custom programs team today.

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