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Welcome to COLE LABOUR

COLE LABOUR focuses exclusively on two important responsibilities for unions and their leaders - collective bargaining, including dispute resolution, and the creation of power and leverage through the development of greater member commitment and participation. 

My Story

With almost forty years of experience, in 2023 Bill Cole created COLE LABOUR to focus exclusively on clients' needs in collective bargaining and the engagement of members through building commitment and participation. What distinguishes Bill's practice is his combination of collective bargaining experience across many sectors, for organizations of all size, and a scholarly interest in negotiation research and theory, and its strategic application in support of bargaining process and demands. Bill has extensive experience in negotiation dispute resolution, including mediation, interest arbitration, final offer selection and other process variants. He has written extensively on collective bargaining and has provided all levels of training to over a thousand negotiators in Canada and the United States. Bill has been a spokesperson in negotiations for a full range of clients in the public and private sectors. As a Senior Research Associate at Harvard's Center for Labor and a Just Economy, Bill is a frequent speaker at the annual Harvard Trade Union Program on negotiations or, more recently, on member engagement through organizational development. 

Having once been a union president, Bill understands the relationship between union leaders and their members. Hearing union leaders express their concerns about engagement he has taken these questions further and is currently a doctoral student examining the relationship dynamics between union leaders and members and considering strategies for greater commitment and participation within their memberships. Bill works with union leaders on engagement strategies.


In his spare time Bill spends countless hours in hockey rinks watching his son, a junior level goalie, stop pucks. He claims to never criticize referees, but that is debatable (but always under his breath). He is a "sous vide" evangelist frequently making big meals in his small kitchen, and cannot pass an independent bookstore without stopping. 

Memberships & Affiliations 

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Center for Labor and a Just Economy

Law Society of Ontario 

International Leadership Association 

Canadian Industrial Relations Association 

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