Ontario lawyers fight to bargain

Legal Aid Ontario employees to challenge certification restriction in court
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/08/2015

A group of lawyers that represents some of the most underprivileged Ontarians is headed to court to fight for their own right to join a union.

Lawyers from Legal Aid Ontario (a non-profit government agency that provides legal assistance to low-income clients) embarked on the quest for collective bargaining rights more than two years ago after they say their request to join a union was met with a cold response from their employer.

Now — riding the coattails of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark decision in January granting RCMP officers the right to certify — the lawyers are looking to the courts to back them up.