Bob Barnetson, PhD
Professor, Labour Relations
I joined Athabasca University in 2007. I spent the 10 previous years working for a trade union, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board and Alberta Employment and Immigration. In 2013, I was a Research Fellow at the Alberta Workers' Health Centre.
My research centres on the political economy of workplace injury as well as child, farm and migrant workers. I normally teach courses about human resource management, labour-market training, and workplace injury. Previously, my teaching was more focused on labour relations, employment law and trade unionism. At present, I am teaching IDRL 308 (Occupational Health and Safety).
I’m also an active trade unionist, having been involved in salary negotiations for the faculty association in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and serving as vice-president in 2010/11. Most of my recent union work has focused on grievances and appeals and I'm also the chair of the association's job action and strike committee.
I reside in Edmonton, Alberta with my wife and daughter. Like most AU faculty, I work from home with only occasional trips to the mothership.