Mark Wright is a man on the move. Every week, his grievance arbitration practice takes him from our Toronto office to communities all over Ontario.
Mark represents trade unions in the private and public sectors in all kinds of collective agreement disputes. In some ways, his practice is a little old school. Although trained in philosophy, Mark leaves cases requiring fancy constitutional arguments to others. He prefers to focus on the nuts and bolts of collective agreement interpretation. With the employees whose work lives will be affected always at the front of his mind, Mark weaves the facts of each case into a compelling narrative that will persuade an arbitrator to see things from the union’s and employees’ perspective.
Mark also represents trade unions, including construction industry trade unions, at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. His skills of persuasion have frequently been brought to bear in unfair labour practice complaints, certification and terminations applications, work assignment disputes, as well as related employer and sale of business applications. He also provides trade unions with strategic advice and representation concerning collective agreement negotiations.
A member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Mark has consistently been recognized as a leading labour lawyer by Best Lawyers and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He is also named as one of Lexpert’s Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
When not litigating for his clients, Mark plays in their golf tournaments. When he’s in town – and sometimes even when he isn’t – Mark’s office is a popular location for Friday afternoon gatherings. But before long he’s off again, headed to North Bay, or Niagara Falls, or London for the next case. We’re thinking of establishing a monthly office pool to guess his odometer reading.
- CUPE Local 1999 v. Markham Stouffville Hospital
- Whitby Professional Fire Fighters Association v. Town of Whitby