Grievances and Arbitration

A grievance is a written complaint alleging a contravention of the collective agreement in a unionized workplace. Arbitration is a quasi-judicial process in which a third-party adjudicator or board hears evidence presented by both the union and the employer on issues in dispute, and hands down a binding decision. Grievance arbitration is a mechanism to resolve disputes relating to the interpretation and application of a collective agreement during the term of that agreement. The lawyers at James Lawyers have years of experience acting for employers, unions and professional associations in grievance proceedings, arbitrations, or applications before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Grievance Settlement Board, and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. We have a proven track record of successfully assisting our clients in resolving complex labour matters.

Specifically, the lawyers at James Lawyers are experienced in skillfully advising and representing our clients at all steps in the grievance process including grievance hearings, grievance negotiations, grievance arbitrations, and on the various applications before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Grievance Settlement Board and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

James Lawyers also provides its clients with creative advice in pursuing or resolving grievances and arbitrations, while remaining mindful of the importance of keeping legal costs in check. Our lawyers focus on ascertaining our clients’ goals and assessing the legal framework to craft the most effective strategy possible. Our legal team is experienced in dealing with and understanding unionized workplaces and has a proven track record of achieving successful results for our employer, trade union and professional association clients. We are renowned for utilizing proven strategies to achieve practical solutions and best outcomes for our clients’ in labour matters.

We invite you to contact one of our experienced labour lawyers to discuss your legal needs.