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Our Expertise

Labour Law

We are union lawyers. For decades, Paliare Roland has provided strategic advice and representation to trade unions and their members across the public and private sectors.
Grievance mediation and arbitration is a core part of our labour practice, and we are particularly effective at running expedited-arbitration processes. We have experience assisting clients to secure material advancements through collective bargaining and interest arbitration. We regularly advance the interests of unions and their members through the civil courts, including Charter litigation.
Our labour practice includes advising unions regarding all aspects of their labour relations, including employment standards, human rights, workers’ compensation, health and safety, pensions, pay equity, the duty of fair representation, and strike or picketing injunctions. Outside of conventional labour settings, we assist unions with unusually complex matters, including major insolvencies, restructurings, and employee ownership arrangements, along with regulatory hearings, inquiries, and inquests.

Representative Work

  • Richard Stephenson, Emily Lawrence and Douglas Montgomery represented a trade union in a complex arbitration involving drug and alcohol testing in nuclear facilities, and in a related constitutional challenge in Federal Court to a regulatory instrument imposing drug and alcohol testing in nuclear facilities. Richard, Emily and Douglas obtained interim stays from the arbitrator and the Federal Court of the implementation of drug and alcohol testing in nuclear facilities, pending final disposition.

  • Don Eady represented the Maintenance and Skill Trades Council ( a trade union whose members work for the Toronto District School Board) in an Ontario Labour Relations Board proceeding where the union’s bargaining rights and collective agreement were challenged by another trade union and employer associations. Don was successful in having the case against the Council dismissed on a prima facie basis.

  • Don Eady, John Monger and Jessica Latimer have represented a number of bargaining units in grievances concerning employer COVID-19 vaccination policies. The resulting decisions have set the standard in Ontario for the consideration of employer COVID-19 vaccination policies.

  • Jodi Martin and Glynnis Hawe successfully represented the Waterloo Regional Police Association in an appeal brought by the plaintiffs, current and former uniform women members, in a proposed class action proceeding.  They were entirely successful once again in arguing that the civil courts have no jurisdiction over claims of unfair representation by the Association, which must be heard by specialized labour arbitrators appointed under the Police Services Act.

    Rivers v Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, 2019 ONCA 267:

  • Jodi Martin acted for the Ontario Provincial Police Association in their collective agreement negotiations and interest arbitration:

  • Glynnis Hawe successfully represented the Ontario Provincial Police Association in a grievance that advanced the scope of the OPP’s obligations in respect of the mental health of its employees:

  • Don Eady, Andrew Lokan and Emily Lawrence represented OPSEU in two applications for certification filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board involving part-time academic and support staff at 24 community colleges.  These applications are the largest applications for certification ever filed at the OLRB involving over 10,000 employees.  As part of these applications, OPSEU challenged the exclusion of the part-time academic and support staff from statutory collective bargaining under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • Don Eady and Jodi Martin represented ATU Local 113 in a dispute over the conditions required for a free and fair union certification vote.

  • In OPSEU v. Seneca College, Nick Coleman argued before an arbitrator, at the Divisional Court (2004 CanLII 36140 (Ont. Div. Ct.)) and at the Court of Appeal (2006 CanLII 14236 (O.C.A.)) regarding whether the arbitrator had the authority to award aggravated and punitive damages.

  • During the Ontario public service strike in March, April and May, 2002, Don Eady, Nick Coleman, John Monger, Andrew Lewis and Robert Centa (among others) represented OPSEU in respect of all picketing and other matters before the Courts across the province.

  • Don Eady represented a number of trade unions before arbitrators, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal on the issue of whether the employer or the employee should be required to pay the Ontario Health Premium.

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Labour Law Lawsuits