INTEREST ARBITRATION AND THE CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY by ProQuest

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The construction industry has long been recognized as one of Canada's most strike-prone industries. During the 1960s, economic expansion and fragmented bargaining structures contributed to the deterioration of labor-management relations in the construction industry in both Canada and the US. This was reflected in a significant rise in strike activity and negotiated wage settlements. In Canada, policymakers responded by adopting numerous labor law reforms to promote construction labor relations stability. An outgrowth of these efforts has been the emergence of interest arbitration to resolve bargaining disputes. The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that have given rise to the use of interest arbitration in the construction industry. The paper begins by highlighting the sources of construction instability and the legal reforms aimed at improving labor-management relations in major building construction, i.e., the industrial, commercial and institutional sector.

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