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Conflict and Cooperation in Police Labour Relations - The Proceedings of a Symposium on Canadian Police Labour Relations, Held at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa, Canada, December 4-7, 1978

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B M Downie, R L Jackson
Date Published
246 pages
These proceedings of a 1978 symposium on Canadian police-labor relations focus on their history, the bargaining structure and process, administration of the collective agreement, discipline, and related issues.
Proceedings include both commissioned papers and readings from American literature. The opening presentation examines the unstable public sector environment and its impact on economic and noneconomic issues in police-labor relations. The next paper discusses the history, structure, and current problems of Canadian police bargaining, with emphasis on the Vancouver experience. Additional papers focus on the arbitration process, noneconomic issues such as shift assignment, the State's role in dispute resolution, the role of union and management in the police-labor relations process, and the impact of decisions reached under the bargaining process on police management. Further presentations examine the municipality's view of police bargaining, rights arbitration, police associations' goals, employer-employee relationships, and communications. Symposium participants concluded that police unionism is permanent and has an impressive success record, although the worsening economic climate may produce new tensions in police-labor relations. Methods of improving communications among the major sectors, such as the use of joint consultation, are suggested for improving police-labor relations, since strikes will probably become increasingly unacceptable both to the parties involved and to the public. Tables, charts, footnotes, and an appendix listing symposium participants are included. For individual articles, see NCJ-70203-07.


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