This resource kit contains a number of useful electronic links to resource materials that may assist LMCCs in increasing their effectiveness.

1) Public Service Labour Relations Act – Its preamble recognizes that effective labour-management relations represent a cornerstone of good human resource management and that collaborative efforts between the parties, through communication and sustained dialogue, improve the ability of the public service to serve and protect the public interest.

2) Guidelines for Labour-Management Consultation Committees – These guidelines, developed in consultation with the Bargaining Agents, provide a framework for the establishment and operation of LMCCs that assists the parties to function in an efficient and effective manner in order to improve their working environment. They also contain a sample template for the development of Terms of Reference.

3) Checklist for a successful LMCC - This checklist was developed by a working group of employer and Bargaining Agent representatives. It offers key reminders for success.

4) Co-Development Guidelines – This framework briefly describes and clarifies the concept of co-development of workplace improvements that is available to the parties to work together and will provide employer and bargaining agents with some consideration for its use.

5) PSAC – TBS Joint Learning Program – The Joint Learning Program (JLP) is a partnership between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. The program offers six workshops including one on Union-Management Consultation. Participation in this learning event will improve the understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a UMCC member and those of their counterparts. As a group, LMCC members will jointly develop a vision of their relationship and what is needed for that vision to be realized.

6) Interest-based Bargaining – Interest-based bargaining places an emphasis on co-operation and working together to come to agreement on complex issues. A number of organisations provide further information on this process and more particularly on how to achieve success.

7) Communication Tips – A number of useful sites with excellent communication tips can be found on the Internet. We have included a few links to Government of Canada resources and documents that may be of interest. (Toolkit to improve Manager – Employee Relationships)

8) Informal Conflict Management Systems – An Informal Conflict Management System, or ICMS, is a systematic approach to managing and resolving conflicts in the workplace quickly and constructively. An ICMS supports a culture of effective conflict management that emphasizes honest discussion and collaborative problem solving.

ICMS offers a wide range of conflict management services – conflict coaching, facilitated discussions, mediations, workplace assessments, and group interventions. ICMS also focuses on prevention and learning – building knowledge, skills and abilities to enable people to proactively deal with workplace conflict before it escalates.

Each department/agency has a person responsible for the provision of this service. Below you will find a link to what ICMS is. You can consult your departmental contact for further information.

9) Departmental materials (Terms of reference etc.):

Transport Canada – The department has shared some of the templates for their LMCCs.

UMC Framework

UMC Terms of Reference

Forward Agenda

Chart for follow-up items


Request to include agenda items

10) Smart Practices in Departments and Agencies – Several departments/agencies have generously shared their best practices and tools that may be of assistance to other LMCCs.

To submit a smart practice, please click here and attach any relevant documents.