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For employers, the process of collective bargaining and interest arbitration is one of the most critical steps to building a strong labour relations strategy in unionized workplaces. Employers must have a trusted and highly experienced legal team in their corner that protects their interests. Our proactive and strategic approach has been fine-tuned over decades of experience advocating for employers in collective bargaining and interest arbitration. At McLennan Ross, labour relations is a core practice of our firm, not an ancillary service.
As organizations of all sizes contend with an ever-evolving modern workforce, our clients benefit from our exceptional reputation and connections on both sides of the table. With our deep roots in the communities we serve, we have developed strong relationships with unions, their executives, and their counsel.
Your goals are our goals.
We protect and represent our clients’ best interests in a practical, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Our skilled lawyers assist with the negotiation and interpretation of collective agreements that meet the needs of an organization while maintaining positive labour relations.
McLennan Ross may be one of the largest Labour and Employment groups in Western Canada, but we remain streamlined and efficient. We make sure all the necessary seats are filled without overwhelming our clients with a boardroom full of lawyers. Our team approach means making a valuable contribution at every level.
To protect profitability and the ongoing well-being of a workplace, we strive to know and understand every client and the unique details of their organizations. Collective bargaining is never one-size-fits-all. Whether an organization has 10 or 10,000 employees, protecting our clients’ interests is our top priority.
Each of our clients can expect individualized and personal attention. The multifaceted aspects of collective bargaining make skilled and thorough preparation vital. We have extensive experience representing employers of all sizes in both the private and public sectors in a wide range of industries, including airlines, mining, energy, manufacturing, transportation, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, and construction. In the public sector, we assist post-secondary institutions, school boards, hospitals, and other health-care institutions, as well as municipalities and provincial government departments.
We keep our clients in the know.
At McLennan Ross, we keep our clients informed and up-to-date on any developments in the law that could impact their organizations and the management of their workforces. We offer a year-in-review seminar that clients can attend, as well as bulletins and e-alerts with important issues relevant to their interests.
Contact us today for assistance with any collective bargaining and interest arbitration issues, no matter the size or complexity.
We're always ready to help.
Canadian Energy Workers Association v ATCO Electric Ltd., 2018 CanLII 103409 (AB GAA)
Alberta Pensions Administration Corporation v Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, 2017 CanLII 78413 (AB GAA)
Grain Services Union (ILWU-Canada) v Freisen, 2010 FCA 339