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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.

Impact of Labour Unions - Reports, Articles and Other Resources

Pohler, D., & Luchak, A. (2015). Are unions good or bad for organizations? the moderating role of management's response. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), 423-459.

Sojourner, A.J., Frandsen, B.R., Town, R.J. & Grabowski, D.C., Chen, M.M. (2015).  Impacts of unionization on quality and productivity: Regression discontinuity evidence from nursing homes. ILR Review, 68(4), 771 - 806.

Even, W.E. & MacPherson, D.A. (2014). What do unions do to pension performance? Economic Inquiry, 52(3), 1173 - 1189.

Pohler, D., & Luchak, A. (2014). Balancing efficiency, equity and voice: The impact of unions and high involvement work practices on work outcomes. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 67(4), 1063-1094.

Rios‐Avila, F., & Hirsch, B. T. (2014). Unions, wage gaps, and wage dispersion: New evidence from the Americas. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 53(1), 1-27.

Lee, D. S., & Mas, A. (2012). Long-run impacts of unions on firms: New evidence from financial markets, 1961–1999. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127(1), 333-378.

Craver, C.B. (2011).  "The impact of labor unions on worker rights and on other social movements. Available at SSRN.

Tzioumis, K. & Gomez, R. (2011). What do unions do to CEO compensation? London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper.

Walsworth, S. (2010). "What do unions do to innovation? An empirical examination of the Canadian private sector" (20 pages, PDF)

Long, R.j. & Shields, J.L. (2009).  Do unions affect pay methods of Canadian firms? A longitudinal study. Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, 64(3), 442 - 465.

Kaufman, B. E. (2008). Paradigms in industrial relations: Original, modern and versions in-between. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46(2), 314-339.

Martinello, F (2009). Faculty salaries in Ontario: compression, inversion, and the effects of alternative forms of representation. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63(1), 128-145.

Verma, A. (2005). What do unions do to the workplace? union effects on management and HRM policies. Journal of Labor Research, 26(3), 415-449.

Gunderson, M. (2005). Two faces of union voice in the public sector. Journal of Labor Research, 26(3), 393-413.

Card, D., Lemieux, T., & Riddell, W. (2004). Unions and wage inequality. Journal of Labor Research, 25(4), 519-559.

Hirsch, B. (2004). What do unions do for economic performance? Journal of Labor Research, 25(3), 415-455.

Hirsch, B. (2004). Reconsidering union wage effects: Surveying new evidence on an old topic. Journal of Labor Research, 25(2), 233-266.

Verma, A. & Fang, T. (2003). "Workplace innovation and union status: synergy or strife?" Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting, Industrial Relations Research Association, January 2-5. Washington, D.C., 189-198.

Cleveland, G., Gunderson, M. & Hyatt, D. (2003). Union effects in low-wage services: Evidence from Canadian childcare. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 56(2), 295 - 305.

World Bank, 2002: "Unions and collective bargaining - economic effects in a global environment" (188 pages, PDF)

Pantuosco, L., Parker, D., & Stone, G. (2001). The effect of unions on labor markets and economic growth: An analysis of state data. Journal of Labor Research, 22(1), 195-205.

The Impact of Labour Unions - Selected Books in the CIRHR Library


Public Sector 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.