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Lawyer accuses Legal Aid of stalling

Alex Robinson - Monday, October 17, 2016

Labour lawyers say Legal Aid Ontario is dragging its feet when it comes to allowing its articling students to unionize, following the three years it took the organization to agree to negotiate with its staff lawyers’ chosen union.

LAO articling students are now waiting to see the results of a vote that will determine if they join The Society of Energy Professionals, as a dispute between the union and LAO draws out the process.

The Society filed a certification application in May on behalf of the articling students.

The students subsequently held a vote that month over whether they wanted to be represented by the group. But the votes have not been counted yet, as the Ontario Labour Relations Board sealed the results, pending decisions in two disputes between the parties.

The first dispute stems from the LAO’s rejection that the Society has status as a trade union — a ch...

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Law Times poll

Law Times reports lawyers say Legal Aid Ontario is dragging its feet when it comes to allowing its articling students to unionize. Do you think the LAO is right to push for seven bargaining units to represent the articling students?
Yes, LAO is right to participate in this dispute at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, even if this delays the process overall.
No, LAO should stop stalling. The union is right to push for one province-wide arrangement in terms of representing the articling students.