Labour lawyers specialize in employment law issues arising in a unionized employment context. By comparison, an employment lawyer deals with employment law issues in non-unionized workplaces.
As employment lawyers, we have the skills to advise you regarding cases of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, discrimination and harassment and other matters related to the workplace. If you are represented by a union, the wording of your applicable collective agreement will set out the steps for dealing with any complaint (grievance) up to and including arbitration.
Typically, your first step should be to speak with your union representative to initiate the process and obtain the union’s assistance in advancing your grievance. In some cases, you may require the services of skilled labour lawyers to assist you where you find that your union is not acting in your interest.