MCE Seasonal Series: Principles-Based Labour Relations | Feb. 8, 2022

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Course Date: 
February 8, 2022 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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The MCE Seasonal Series is a 3x a year series of timely content that reflects changes in Leadership development. As with the seasons, the environment for Leadership growth is an evolving one that creates a reason for a leader to invest in the latest developmental training or to invigorate a specific set of skills.

This series works well together or modular. Each 'season' (Summer, Fall, Winter) offers 3 workshops, once a month. It is important to realize the relationship between the 3 workshops, however, those leaders requiring a specific discipline can target any number of MCE Seasonal Series offerings.

The MCE Seasonal Series are full-day, virtual workshops. All workshops are interactive, using smart technology to keep participants engaged with the facilitator and other participants. The result is improved retention of knowledge and practical application in your everyday life.


This one-day course will provide participants with the principles of labour relations. Participants will learn to govern their actions by these principles and to communicate the reasons for their actions in principle-based terms. Realistic examples and case studies are used to demonstrate application of these principles.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand, and apply, guiding principles arising out of day-to-day issues under the collective agreement.
  2. Learn about the scope of the bargaining unit and principles associated with different types of work assignments.
  3. Utilize appropriate disciplinary tools and processes.


Contract guiding principles

  • Principles vs. rules
  • Sources and hierarchy of authority
  • Principles of interpretation (with case study)

Bargaining unit work

  • Union vs. the bargaining unit
  • Restrictions and exclusions
  • Contracting out  and impact on future negotiations
  • Probationary employees


  •  Use defined by the collective agreement
  • Typical issues arising from work assignments, promotions , transfers, layoffs, bumping, recall

Disciplinary rights and processes

  • Two elements of just cause: 1.proving cause to take any action (blameworthy conduct) and 2.justifying the level of penalty
  • The standard and burden of proof
  • Proving blameworthy conduct
  • Factors affecting level of discipline and progressive discipline
  • Investigative techniques and documentation
  • Human rights, discrimination – impact on discipline cases (e.g., attendance, drug and alcohol cases)
    • innocent incapacity and innocent absenteeism to be distinguished from blameworthy conduct (e.g., not subject to discipline).

Virtual Training: The MCE Way

  • Instructor-led videoconference PowerPoint presentation
  • Icebreaker to encourage team participation and enhance comfort level
  • Polls and surveys to promote engagement
  • Breakout room activities for group discussions
  • Simulation activity to apply learning in a real-life context

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Peel - GTA - North of Toronto
Halton - Hamilton - Niagara
Southwestern Ontario – Brantford to Windsor
$400.00 +HST

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You must purchase this course.