“We successfully negotiated our first collective agreement, but have now received a number of discipline grievances. While the discipline was for similar conduct, we tried to impose greater discipline on those workers we’ve always seen as “problem employees”. How should we respond?”
“The union just brought a grievance claiming overtime in situations where we have never given overtime pay before. With the next round of bargaining approaching, we would like to know how to avoid undermining the position we want to take at bargaining.”
Disputes that arise between unionized workers and their employers are generally resolved through compulsory grievance arbitration. Once a grievance is filed, the matter proceeds through a predetermined series of steps that progressively increase in formality until the matter is resolved by the parties or a decision is rendered by a board or arbitrator.
By effectively managing the grievance and arbitration process, we assist employers in unionized environments. In instances where the employer’s objectives can be met through settlement, we also help negotiate with trade unions.
Where settling a grievance compromises an employer’s interests, we provide employers with representation before boards and tribunals. As well, we regularly advise them on a wide range of issues such as:
We also routinely advocate on behalf of lawyers at arbitration to uphold management’s decisions and actions.