Unionized Employees

The Labour Relations Act of Fair Representation
The Labour Relations Act of Fair Representation
If you are a unionized employee, you are represented by a trade union and are generally unable to sue your employer in court.

How are unionized employees protected?

As a unionized employee, you must follow the guidelines set out in the Collective Agreement, which is a written agreement addressing the employment relationship between the employer, union, and employees.

According to the Ontario Labour Relations Act , your union has a legal duty to fairly represent you. Your union must ensure that the interests of all unionized employees are served in a manner that is not arbitrary, discriminatory or in bad faith.

What options do unionized employees have?

If your union has failed to properly investigate, process, or arbitrate a grievance, as a unionized employee you may file a Duty of Fair Representation complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board or the Canadian Industrial Labour Relations Board for federally regulated employees, which have the authority to order a variety of remedies.

How can Whitten & Lublin help you?

If you are a unionized employee and believe that your right to fair representation has been violated, you should meet with a labour law lawyer who can review your case against the union and assist you in the preparation and filing of your complaint. The employment lawyers at Whitten & Lublin have the experience to help you regain control of your employment.

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