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 on sabbatical, doing research about workers' experiences of injury and Alberta's 2015 legislation that granted far workers basic employment rights. 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 was vice-president in 2010/11. Most of my current union work now focuses on grievances, appeals, and harassment as well as strike-lockout preparation.
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.