Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey teaches labour relations in the Master of Industrial Relations program at Queen's University. Professor Hickey earned his PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to his graduate studies, he spent ten years as a union organizer and staff negotiator in the Teamsters Union. Dr. Hickey joined the faculty at Queen’s University in 2006.



Building book

Professor Hickey publishes in a variety of formats including academic journal articles, practitioner reports, books, and book chapters. His research has been published in leading journals such as the British Journal of Industrial Relations. He is the coeditor of Building More Effective Labour-Management Relationships (2013) and the coauthor of Reform of the Conduct and Structure of Labour Relations in the Ontario Broader Public Service (2012).




Professor Hickey's research interests encompass all aspects of employment relations, including union - management relations, negotiations and dispute resolution, human resource practices, labour policy, and workforce development. Dr. Hickey’s research interests have focused on labour relations and employment outcomes in the broader public sector including community services, education, and health.


Costing Collective Agreement Proposals: An Instructional Guide

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The industrial relations program at Queen's University is pleased to announce the publication of the manual, Costing Collective Agreement Proposals: An Instructional Guide. The manual, written by Robert Hickey, Richard Chaykowski and Brendan Sweeney, provides a practical, step-by-step approach to modeling the structure of compensation and calculating the cost of changes to compensation, such as through collective bargaining proposals. The manual includes a sample case study and a set of Excel-based costing templates.

To order a copy of the manual please contact Professor Hickey or the publications unit at the School of Policy Studies.


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Dr. Hickey’s teaching interests encompass a broad range of employment relations and workplace issues. He teaches courses on labour relations, contract administration, negotiations and dispute resolution. Professor Hickey's approach to teaching is experiential and practical. His courses generally include simulation exercises and case studies based on real world experiences.



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Professor Hickey regularly conducts workshops and professional development seminars for unions, managers, and government officials. The continuing education topics range from intergovernmental negotiation strategies, costing collective agreement proposals, negotiations, enhancing labour-management relations, and strategic labour relations.



Community Living Kingston

Robert serves on the board of directors for Community Living Kingston, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectural disabilities and their families and building more inclusive communities. At the provincial level, Robert has been involved with the Developmental Service sector's long-term human resource strategy.