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Tim Bartkiw

Bartkiw, Tim


Associate Professor


B.A. , LLB, LL.M., Ph.D


TRS 1-084


416-979-5000 ext: 2430

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Tim Bartkiw

Timothy Bartkiw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy, and degrees in economics and law. He is also a qualified lawyer and previously practiced labour/employment law for several years. His academic research interests span the fields of labour/employment law and policy, industrial relations, and political economy. He teaches various courses in labour/employment law and industrial relations at Ryerson. His most recent research topics include the regulation of precarious work and triangular employment; worker access to unionization and the erosion of the collective labour relations regulatory framework; and labour law Charter jurisprudence and the increased “legalization” of labour policy via Charter litigation. In addition to his academic research, Tim has been an active participant in labour law review and policy development, and has served as an advisor to government in multiple labour law review processes within both provincial and federal jurisdictions, pertaining to federal employment standards law, and provincial labour relations and collective bargaining models relating to both the public and private sectors.  Tim is also a member of the Labour Law Casebook Group and a co-editor of the most recent volume of the labour and employment law textbook that this group edits collectively.



HR Management & Org Behaviour

Research Interests

Labour and Employment Law and Policy; Industrial Relations; Public Policy; Political Economy

Select Research and Professional Contributions
Bartkiw, Timothy, “Regulating Homecare Labour Relations in Ontario: A Mediated Countermovement?” 2018 (under review)
Bartkiw, Timothy, “Deepening the Delusion in the Regulation of Temporary Help Agency Employment,” Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2018, pp. 93-116.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Regulatory Differentials and Triangular Employment Growth in the U.S. and Canada,” Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, vol 19, Issue 1, 2015.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, "Labour Law and Triangular Employment Growth: A Theory of Regulatory Differentials", International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, vol. 30, Issue 4 (2014).
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Unions and Temporary Help Agency Employment in Canada,” Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations Vol 67, Issue 3, Summer 2012, 453-476.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Proceed with Caution or Stop Wherever Possible? Ongoing Paradoxes in Legalized Labour Politics,” Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 15, 2010, pp.77-100.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Baby Steps? Towards the Regulation of Temporary Help Agency Employment in Canada”, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 31, issue 1, October 2009, 163-206.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Manufacturing Descent? Labour Law and Union Organizing in Ontario”, Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2008, pp. 111-131
Parbudyal Singh, Timothy J. Bartkiw, and Zeljan Suster, “The Yugoslav Experience with Workers’ Councils: A Reexamination”, Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 280-297, 2007.
Timothy J. Bartkiw and Felice Martinello, “Union Raiding and Organizing in Ontario”, Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, 60(2), pp. 273-295, 2005.
Gene Swimmer and Tim Bartkiw, “The Future of Public Sector Bargaining in Canada”, Journal of Labor Research, 23(4),pp. 579-595, 2003.
The Labour Law Casebook Group (co-editors), Labour and Employment Law, Cases, Materials and Commentary, 9th edition (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018).
Timothy J. Bartkiw, Collective Bargaining, Strikes and Lockouts under the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Queens Printer for Ontario, 2016)(Expert report commissioned by the Ontario government to support the Changing Workplaces Review labour/employment reform process  in Ontario).  Available at:
Bartkiw, Timothy, J.. Review of The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad For So Many And What Can Be Done To Improve It, by David Weil.  Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 36, issue 2, Winter 2015.
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Temporary Help Agency Employment in the Federal Government”, in Bruce Doern and Chris Stoney, eds., How Ottawa Spends, 2010-2011, (Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2010).
Timothy J. Bartkiw and Gene Swimmer, “Federal Public Sector Labour Relations: Business as Usual?” in Bruce Doern, ed., How Ottawa Spends, 2007-2008, (Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2007).
Timothy J. Bartkiw and Gene Swimmer, “Provincial Policies Concerning Collective Bargaining”, in Christopher Dunn, ed., Provinces, Canadian Provincial Politics, 2nd Ed. (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2006).
Timothy J. Bartkiw, “Labour Law and Union Certification Success Rates in Ontario,” in K.S. Devine and J.N. Grenier, eds., Selected Papers from the XLIth Annual CIRA Conference.  Concord: Captus Press, 2005.
Current Ryerson Teaching:
Advanced Issues in Labour and Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Advanced Industrial Relations, Labour Law
Prior Teaching:
Employment Law and Industrial Relations, York University
Research Methods in Labour Studies, McMaster University
Legal Research in a Social Science Context, Carleton University
Prior Teaching:
Industrial Conflict Law, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional LLM in Labour and Employment Law
Law of Labour Relations, Centre for Industrial Relations, University of  Toronto
Intergovernmental Relations, School of Public Policy and Administration,  Carleton University
Professional Affiliations
1996-Present Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada

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