“We assigned work on one of our construction projects to one union, but now another union claims the work should have been assigned to its members. How can we resolve this dispute and avoid similar disputes in the future? We would like to continue with the project, but are unsure of our potential liability.”
“We have successfully bid on a new construction project and intend to use our regular employees to perform the work. Since we do not have enough regular employees available to complete the work on time, we want to use subcontractors. Will the subcontractors increase our exposure to a potential certification application?”
The construction industry is a unique employment environment, long recognized for its highly specialized labour relations and employment law legislation. To that end, we believe that lawyers who are familiar with the “big picture” of the industry will best serve employers.
In keeping with that credo, our firm has developed one of the country’s leading construction industry labour relations practice groups. The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has consistently recognized several of our lawyers as leaders in their field. By cultivating relationships with both industry and trade unions, these lawyers have direct and immediate access to current information and industry news.
In addition to representing hundreds of general contractors and subcontractors, the lawyers at Mathews Dinsdale represent many employers associations, trade groups and employers’ bargaining agencies.
Moreover, we routinely act on behalf of construction industry lobby groups to address emerging issues in labour relations law reform. In fact, the Ontario Labour Relations Board often consults our lawyers regarding administrative and procedural changes affecting the construction industry.