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Labour Law

Goldblatt Partners is one of Canada’s leading labour law firms. We provide a full range of services to trade union clients in both the private and broader public sectors, as well as to a number of employee and professional associations and labour federations. Our labour lawyers provide creative and proactive advice to our clients in all aspects of labour law.

In the traditional labour relations field, we represent both provincially and federally regulated trade unions in all types of labour relations board proceedings, including certifications, unfair labour practices, related employer applications and construction labour relations matters.

Grievance arbitration is also a core aspect of our labour law practice. In addition to representing trade unions before single arbitrators and tripartite boards of arbitration, we appear before the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board and the federal Public Service Labour Relations Board. We also represent trade unions in construction industry grievances heard by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Our labour lawyers also have extensive experience in interest arbitration, and frequently represent clients or sit as the union nominee in interest arbitration proceedings.

A number of the firm’s labour lawyers are highly skilled negotiators who represent clients in collective bargaining negotiations, while others have expertise in government relations, including the process of legislative and regulatory change.

We also represent trade unions in other employment and labour law contexts, including in human rights proceedings, pay equity matters, pension and benefits disputes, workers’ compensation matters, disability claims, employment standards disputes and occupational health and safety issues.

Our labour lawyers and civil litigators also defend trade unions and their members against picketing injunctions during strikes or lockouts.