A strategically negotiated, and properly drafted, collective agreement both establishes the foundation for the relationship between an employer and its trade unions and protects the employer against expensive mistakes.
We have extensive experience in representing employers of all sizes, in both private and public sectors, in connection with first and renewal collective agreements. The demands of a first collective agreement are often very different and more complex. We have the necessary skills to not only negotiate a first agreement, but to present arguments before labour boards who may have the power to impose a first collective agreement.
We understand our clients needs and goals in collective bargaining, and have deep-rooted knowledge of the industries within which they operate. While we strive to avoid work disruptions, we are regularly called upon to develop contingency plans in the event of a strike or lockout, so as to limit operational disruptions. We represent employers before labour boards and courts in order to limit unlawful activity related to work stoppages.
We have developed strong relationships with unions, their executives and their counsel. Our team members act with the highest level of integrity, and are considered in the labour relations community as being firm but fair. We appreciate that our clients’ relationships with their trade unions are ongoing, which from time to time requires compromises, but without impacting their rights to operate efficiently.