Experienced Ottawa Labour Lawyers for Grievance Arbitrations & Labour Board Proceedings

Labour relations boards hear specific issues when there are disputes or a breakdown in the collective bargaining relationship between a union and an employer. Labour grievances follow a very specific procedural pattern, where an individual employee is often represented by their union in arbitration. Managing this process effectively is key to obtaining a favourable result and avoiding taking the matter to court for judicial review. However, this is not always possible. Often, collaboration between the Union representative and a trusted labour firm that excels in strategy offers an employee their best chance for success in a grievance arbitration.

Champ & Associates has long represented Unions before the labour boards in the provincial and federal jurisdictions in a variety of matters. The firm’s labour lawyers excel at strategy and managing a hearing in the best interest of their clients. The firm has extensive, in-depth knowledge of the various unique and exceedingly niche labour environments native to the Ottawa region. They are highly adept at navigating through all of the nuanced, industry-specific rules and regulations that apply. They will help provide guidance through the grievance process and will represent an employee in court should the matter proceed to the judicial review stage.

Strategic Advice for Unions

While Unions often provide exceptional representation in the arbitration process, there are times when grievances raise particularly complex issues, or the employer retains aggressive external counsel.

Unfair labour practices and bad faith bargaining are frequently used to undermine unions and their membership. Effectively navigating the labour board process requires an in-depth familiarity with the board’s rules and applicable law and an in-depth understanding of a union’s long term strategic goals. Working with a firm with considerable experience before labour boards is key.

The lawyers at Champ & Associates regularly work with Unions to find the ideal strategy to successfully navigate the grievance process efficiently, with the best chance for success. In working as a team, the firm is able to strategically position the matter so that it protects the rights of the grievor, but also furthers the long-term position of the Union and its membership.

Contact Champ & Associates in Ottawa for Knowledgeable Representation in Labour Grievance Arbitration

The lawyers at Champ & Associates often collaborate with various Unions to provide strategic assistance with labour grievance matters, right through to the judicial review stage if necessary. They will provide an honest assessment of the matter, and work with the Union to develop a plan to secure the necessary remedies under the circumstances. To discuss your matter in confidence, please contact the firm by telephone at 613-237-4740 or reach out online.