Conflict or Compromise: The Future of Public Sector Industrial Relations


476 pages
Contains Bibliography
ISBN 0-88645-001-2




Edited by Mark Thompson and Gene Swimmer
Reviewed by Toby Rupert

Toby Rupert was a librarian living in Toronto.


Most of these papers were originally prepared for a November 1982 conference jointly sponsored with the Carleton School of Public Administration. The topics deal with collective bargaining of government employees, at all levels and in all categories or types of work. Secondarily it delves into matters of public sector organization and employee-management relations. The twelve basic papers cover compensation, unions, centralization of authority, and dispute-resolution experiments such as compulsory arbitration. Examples have been drawn from the police, the firemen, Quebec public sector unions, western Canadian hospitals, and Ontario teachers. Upfront there is a 21-page summary, while at the back there is an extensive concluding paper that analyzes the twelve contributions. Also aboard are a glossary of bargaining terms, extensive footnotes, and comprehensive sectional bibliographies, but no overall index. A useful work.


“Conflict or Compromise: The Future of Public Sector Industrial Relations,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 30, 2024,