Construction Labour Relations

Our firm has one of Ontario’s leading construction labour relations practices.  Our work has included representing construction employers and industry associations in unfair labour practice complaints, applications for certification and decertification, jurisdictional disputes, successor rights and common employer applications. The Firm also has significant experience counselling employers on union avoidance, and managing in the unionized workplace.

All of our labour relations lawyers have extensive experience representing employers in grievance arbitration proceedings.  This includes advice to management throughout the grievance process, as well as representation before boards of arbitration, including grievance referrals to the Ontario Labour Relations Board and in expedited arbitrations under construction industry collective agreements. The core philosophy of our approach to arbitration is to find efficient, cost-effective resolutions that balance the importance of the case at hand against the potential for precedent-setting decisions. 

Some of the more common construction industry grievance arbitrations handled by the Firm concern discipline and discharge, work jurisdiction, classification grievances, promotion and demotion, human rights and accommodation.

We also have extensive experience in construction industry collective agreement negotiations.  Whether representing the employer or an employers' association at the bargaining table, or providing strategic advice behind the scenes, it is our goal to negotiate the best deal possible.  We understand that employers today must do more with less and we effectively communicate this reality to the union to achieve results in collective bargaining.  

Please contact anyone from our team for assistance.