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Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining


We have a long history of representing employers with unionized workers. Our client relationships date back decades; this historical knowledge of negotiations and organizational priorities often enables expedited resolution of disputes, strikes and other issues.


In labour relations matters, we support employers in the context of organizing campaigns and assist with applications for certification, decertification, related employer/successorship and unfair labour practices before provincial labour boards and the Canada Industrial Relations Board. If injunctions are necessary or a decision needs to be judicially reviewed, we’ll represent your interests in court. We also help with policy grievances and in discipline/discharge, work assignment and contracting out cases.


When collective agreements need to be negotiated or renegotiated, we’ll strategize to meet your business needs, assist in preparing your proposals, critique union demands and act as spokesperson at the bargaining table. We’ll also manage media relations and communications with employees. We can train client negotiation teams in preparation for bargaining and for contract administration once a settlement has been reached.


Our clients include public institutions such as hospitals, school boards and universities, crown corporations, rail, automotive and aviation companies and multinational corporations.


As one of the largest labour, employment and human rights practices in Canada, we can address your needs consistently, concisely, in a timely manner and cost-effectively. 


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