Conference / Seminar

Rethinking The Union Management Relationship (Accredited)

Event Details

October 9, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Hicks Morley Toronto Office
77 King Street West, 39th Floor
Toronto, ON



This session will describe a different and better way to deal with unions in the workplace and consequently enhance your ability as in-house counsel to further contribute to your business’ productivity. The goal is to confirm or increase your understanding of both the legal framework within which you operate as a unionized employer and the reality of the workplace and the union-management relationship itself.

The session will address:

  • Understanding workplace relationships and attitudes.
  • How the union regularly beats employers in winning the hearts of your employees.
  • The importance of understanding conflict resolution and how to apply it.
  • Values and Communication, the essential ingredients.
  • The legal limits on communicating directly with your employees.
  • Why Employment Engagement matters and a practical model.
  • How to use the Union Engagement processes.


Professional Content

During the course of this presentation, we will be discussing the application of the following Rules of Professional Conduct:

Rule 2.02, especially as it relates to the organization/company as the client, encouraging the use of settlement and mediation and advising in connection with potentially illegal acts.

Rule 2.03 with respect to the importance of maintaining confidentiality and the solicitor ensuring internal alignment.

Rule 4.03 regarding the interviewing of “potential witnesses” when dealing with potentially litigious matters.

Rule 4.07 and the role of lawyers as mediators.

Rule 6.03 and in particular the subsections dealing with communications, communications with a represented person and with a represented organization.

CPD Logo This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 0.5 Professionalism Hour