We offer a complete range of professional services to associations dedicated to workers’ rights. Our firm’s lawyers advise and represent trade unions, professional associations and artists’ associations, offering legal services in all fields related to labour law.
We offer services in consulting, negotiation and legal advocacy.
We also offer student unions and associations the legal support they need to defend their members’ interests.
All matters related to certification or legal recognition of the association. Advocacy before the Administrative Labour Tribunal and the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Interpretation of collective agreements
Analysis and interpretation of collective agreements.
Grievance, dispute and first collective agreement arbitration
Dealing with grievances or disputes and legal representation before arbitrators or arbitration tribunals.
Complete services or support in collective bargaining (collective agreements or special agreements). Constitutional challenges in collective bargaining and the right to strike.
Judicial review, administrative law and injunctions
Judicial review of administrative tribunal decisions (arbitrators, Administrative Labour Tribunal, etc.). Challenges seeking the invalidation of illegal or unconstitutional legislative and/or regulatory provisions. Injunction applications for unions as plaintiffs and defense for unions named as defendants in injunction applications. Judicial review of organizational decisions. Representation before higher courts (Superior Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada).
Fundamental rights and freedoms
All matters related to fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Charters. Constitutional protection of collective bargaining and the right to strike. Constitutional challenges based on the Charters. Implementation of the employer’s duty to accommodate. Advocacy in front of all tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal.
Occupational health and safety
Advocacy before the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST) and before the Administrative Labour Tribunal for workplace injury claims. All other matters related to workplace health and safety.
All matters related to the application of the Pay Equity Act. Advocacy before the Administrative Labour Tribunal. The firm has been involved in a number of constitutional challenges to the Pay Equity Act based on equality.
Negotiation of essential services in the public and para-public sectors. Constitutional challenges based on constitutional protection of freedom of association. Advocacy before the Administrative Labour Tribunal.
Duty of fair representation
Defense of unions against duty of fair representation complaints. Advocacy before the Administrative Labour Tribunal and the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
All matters related to private and public pension plans. Advocacy before arbitrators (Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (RREGOP), Pension Plan of Management Personnel (PPMP), etc.).
All matters related to group insurance plans for employees.
Advocacy before the Social Security Tribunal of Canada.
Representation of professionals before regulatory bodies or the Professions Tribunal.
Legal issues and associations
Legal advice on subjects related to associations and corporate law issues (constitution, administration, liquidation, etc.).
Class action lawsuits
Class action applications on behalf of unions and associations as plaintiffs or in defense of unions and associations named as defendants.