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The Effect of Labour Relations Legislation on Strike Incidence

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  • Morley Gunderson
  • John Kervin
  • Frank Reid

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The impact on strike incidence of nine labor relations policy variables representing legislation in eleven Canadian jurisdictions is estimated using logit analysis of 3,347 individual collective agreements. Mandatory strike votes, compulsory dues check-off, and compulsory conciliation boards are associated with significantly lower strike probabilities. Prohibition of replacement workers and employer-initiated strike votes are associated with significantly higher strike probabilities. No significant association was found between strike incidence and the length of cooling-off period following conciliation and negotiated or automatic reopeners. Policy impacts are interpreted in a framework emphasizing the influence of asymmetric information and joint costs on strikes.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (1989)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 779-94

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:22:y:1989:i:4:p:779-94

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  1. Budd, John W., 2000. "The effect of strike replacement legislation on employment," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(2), pages 225-247, March.
  2. Benoît Lyrette & Paul-Martel Roy, 1992. "Le régime des décrets favorise-t-il la paix industrielle? L'expérience des activités manufacturières québécoises, 1980-1988," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 18(3), pages 261-274, September.
  3. John Budd & Yijiang Wang, . "Labor Policy and Investment," Working Papers 0502, Human Resources and Labor Studies, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus).
  4. Edison Roy César & François Vaillancourt, 2010. "Does a Specific Union Impact on Wage Increases? Evidence from Canada, 1985-2007," CIRANO Working Papers 2010s-09, CIRANO.
  5. Gervan Fearon, 2004. "Public sector wage settlement and the threat of outsourcing," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 32(3), pages 161-174, September.
  6. Michael Huberman & Denise Young, 1995. "What Did Unions Do... An Analysis of Canadian Strike Data, 1901-14," CIRANO Working Papers 95s-17, CIRANO.
  7. Peter Cramton & Joseph Tracy, 2003. "Unions, Bargaining and Strikes," Papers of Peter Cramton 02ubs, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised 05 Sep 2002.
  8. S Johnson, 1999. "Automatic Certification or Mandatory Representation Votes? How the Choice of Union Recognition Procedure Affects Union Certification Success," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp139, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  9. Paul Duffy & Susan Johnson, 2009. "The Impact of Anti-Temporary Replacement Legislation on Work Stoppages: Empirical Evidence from Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 35(1), pages 99-120, March.

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