A Summer of Discontent: Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

Bernard Hyams

DOI: 10.2190/5QA4-HPT0-3BGV-2L4C


The following article focuses on collective bargaining and the public sector in Canada. A literature review of recent scholarly research is included. Selected topics include: the role of chief negotiator, negotiating styles, criticisms of traditional collective bargaining procedures, and alternatives to traditional collective bargaining. A case study is included to create a bridge between theory and practice. The Quebec nurse s strike is used as an application of current theory. The flight attendant strike at Air Canada is used to contrast public and private sector bargaining. The article concludes by comparing working conditions in the United States and Canada. The author recommends that integrative bargaining may yield better results than traditional collective bargaining.

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