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Labour Relations Day Symposium (Sydney)
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Join us for a day of learning from CPHR and CMS in Sydney, Cape Breton! Three mini-workshops will be delivered as follows:

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020
9:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: Hearthstone Inn Sydney
560 Kings Rd
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1S 1B8

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Session Topic: Collective Agreement Fundamentals

Collective agreements can seem like daunting, legal documents. This workshop discusses the fundamentals of collective agreements: what rights, restrictions and responsibilities managers and employees have under collective agreements, where flexibility is allowed, and the impact of past practice. It discusses different ways of solving issues, and what to avoid. This course discusses collective agreements and roles, rights, restrictions, and responsibilities in general. It does not discuss any specific collective agreements. The facilitator cannot provide interpretation of clauses within your collective agreement for you.


Who Should Attend:

Any HR Professional with a desire to improve their understanding of roles, rights, restrictions, and responsibilities under collective agreements and how they can resolve labour issues within their parameters.



  • Collective Agreement Fundamentals
  • Rights, Restrictions, Responsibilities, and Roles
  • Flexibility and Past Practice
  • Resolving Issues – Strategies and Skills



Session Topic: Conflict Management and Resolution

Let’s face it, conflict is all around us. It impacts many workplaces and labour-management relationships negatively when it is not managed effectively. This three-hour workshop explores the definition of conflict, its causes, and the potential costs and benefits associated with it. You will identify your individual conflict management style and explore tools for managing and resolving conflict.


Who Should Attend?

Any HR Professional with a desire to improve their conflict management and resolution skills, and handle workplace conflict in a more productive fashion.



  • Conflict defined
  • Causes of conflict
  • Cost and benefits of conflict
  • Conflict management styles
  • Conflict management techniques



Session Topic: Labour Management Committee Best Practices

Many employee groups have Labour-Management Committees (LMCs) in their workplaces, or other committees with joint (union and management) participation. When operating at their full capacity LMCs can provide a valuable forum for sharing information, discussing pertinent issues, and solving workplace problems. However, many LMC’s suffer from high turnover, attendance challenges, and other critical issues. This workshop will cover best practices that can help your LMC unlock it’s potential.  


Who Should Attend:

Any HR Professional who participates in a joint action/labour management committee would benefit from this session.



  • LMC Objectives and Benefits
  • Consensus Decision Making
  • Terms of Reference
  • How to Develop
  • What to Include
  • Meeting Best Practices




About the Facilitator

Lindsey Hewitt, Relationship Education and Awareness Officer

CMS hired Lindsey Hewitt for their newly created Relationship, Education, and Awareness Officer position in 2016. In this role, she focuses on increasing awareness of CMS, developing and facilitating workshops, and mediating workplace conflicts and grievances. Prior to joining CMS, Lindsey owned her own consulting company in St. John’s, NL, completing work in the oil and gas, agriculture, and not-for-profit sectors, in areas such as facilitation, project management, evaluation, and event planning. She has an MBA, a BBA, a Teaching Certificate, a Certificate in Economic Development, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

When she is not working, Lindsey can be found hiking, biking, paddling, or cross-country skiing, often with her dogs Lola and Ollie in tow.




8:30 am Attendees begin arriving 
9:00 pm Sessions begin
1:00 pm Break for lunch
4:00 pm Session concludes (approx)



Members $60
Retired and Students $30
Future Members and Others $90


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