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Foundations and Current Issues in IR/HR (IRE 2001)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 2001, with research papers and assignments.

Public Sector Unionism - Books Available Though U of T Libraries

Public Sector Unionism

See also Public Sector Labour Relations course research guide.

Wage/Compensation Issues

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, March 2015: Wage Watch: A Comparison of Public-sector and Private-sector Salaries and Benefits (25 pages, PDF)

Palacios, M. & Clemens, C. (2013). Comparing public and private sector compensation in Canada. Fraser Institute. (49 pages, PDF)

Risher, H. (2012). How well are government employees paid? Compensation Management, 44(2), 73-79. (7 pages, PDF)

Canadian Union of Public Employees. (2011). Battle of the wages: Who gets paid more, public or private sector workers? (33 pages, PDF)

Tiagi, R. (2010). Public sector wage premium in Canada: Evidence from labour force survey. LABOUR, 24(4), 456-473. (18 pages, PDF)

Gomez, R. & Wald, S. (2010). When public-sector salaries become public knowledge: Academic salaries and Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Canadian Public Administration, 53(1), 107-126. (20 pages, PDF)

National Union of Public and General Employees. (2009). An examination of the Public Sector Wage Premium in Canada: A critique of the 2008 study by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called Wage Watch: A comparison of public and private sector wages. (13 pages, PDF).

Mallet, T. & Wong, Q. (2008). Wage watch: A comparison of public-sector and private-sector wages. Canadian Federation of Independent Buisness. (25 pages, PDF)

Panitch, L., & Swartz, D. (2003). Chapter 3: Permanent exceptionalism: The turn to coercion in the 1970s. From Consent to Coercion: The Assault on Trade Union Freedoms. 25-47.

Enman, S. (1992). Ruminations on public sector wage restraints and back to work legislation. The Industrial Relations System: Future Trends and Developments (CIRA proceedings), 2, 681-691.

Thompson, M. & Ponak, A. (1991). Canadian public sector industrial relations: Policy and practice. Advances in Industrial and Labour Relations, 5, 59-93. (available at the CIRHR library upon request)

Auld, D. & Wilton, D. (1985). Wage settlements in the Ontario public sector and the Ontario controls program. Public Sector Compensation, Ontario Economic Council Special Research Report.

Dungan, P. & Wilson, T. (1985). Impact of public sector wage controls on budget deficits and inflation. Public Sector Compensation, Ontario Economic Council Special Research Report.

Wood, W.D. & Kumar, P. (1982). Control and wage restraint initiatives. The Current Industrial Relations Scene in Canada.

Weiler, P. (1980). Chapter 8: Collective bargaining under wage controls. Reconcilable Differences: New Directions in Canadian Labour Law.

Wood, W.D. & Kumar, P. (1976). Canadian Perspectives on Wage-Price Guidelines: A Book of Readings.

Fryer Committee & Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services

Ontario Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services (Drummond Commission). (2012). Public services for Ontarians: A path to sustainability and excellence. (562 pages, PDF)

Chaykowski, R. & Hickey, R. (2012). Reform of the conduct and structure of labour relations in the Ontario broader public service: Report to the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Service. School of Policy Studies, Queen's University.

Advisory Committee on Labour Management Relations in the Federal Public Service. (2000). Identifying the issues: First report, May 2000. Fryer Committee.

Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Labour Management Relations in the Federal Public Service (Fryer Committee). (2001). See also: UTLibraries link to catalogue record:

Swimmer, G. (2002). Putting the Fryer Committee recommendations in context. Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, 9(3), 313-334.

Lancaster House Resources

Lancaster House

  • Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conferences (available from the CIRHR library upon request)
  • Lancaster House database search (please ask the library staff for assistance)

Public Sector Labour Law Cases and Materials