Law Society’s staff lawyers vote in favour of union certification

On April 7 the Labour Relations Board advised the Law Society that a majority of “persons employed as lawyers by the Law Society” had voted in favour of union representation by the Professional Employees Association.

The final vote tally was 18 in favour of union representation and 16 opposed (53% in favour; 47% opposed). The Law Society has an additional 110 staff and managers who are not represented by the Professional Employees Association.

As a result of the certification vote, the Law Society expects to enter into negotiations with the Professional Employees Association to reach a collective agreement with the affected employees. A schedule for the bargaining has not yet been set.

The Law Society believes its employees are the backbone of the organization and provide a much valued service in fulfilling the Society’s mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice.