• Ontario
  • Type: Full Time
  • Toronto

Website COPE Ontario

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) is a dynamic and progressive labour union dedicated to advocating for the rights and interests of workers across Canada. With a rich history of activism and a commitment to social justice, we represent a diverse membership and strive to create positive change in the workplace and beyond.

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated in-house lawyer to join our team in our Toronto office. As our in-house lawyer, you will play a crucial role in providing legal counsel and representation to our union, its locals and members. You will be responsible for advising on a wide range of legal matters related to labour and employment law, including collective agreements, grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, and regulatory compliance.

● Provide legal advice and guidance to union leadership, staff, and members on various legal issues affecting the union and its members.

● Represent the union in grievance arbitration hearings and at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and other regulatory and administrative bodies.

● Monitor and analyze changes in labour and employment law and provide recommendations to ensure compliance and protect the interests of the union and its members.

● Collaborate with external legal counsel as needed and manage outside litigation and legal matters on behalf of the union.

● Conduct legal research and analysis to support union initiatives and advocacy efforts.

● Work closely with other departments within the union to advance organizational goals and priorities.

● Evening and some weekend work and overnight travel will be required.

● Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.

● Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.

● Minimum of 5 years of experience practicing law, with a focus on labour and employment law.

● Strong knowledge of labour law, collective bargaining, and union organizing principles.

● Excellent analytical, communication, and negotiation skills.

● Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

● Commitment to social justice, worker empowerment, and the labor movement.

● Valid drivers’ licence.

● Ability to work in both English and French would be an asset.

● Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

● Comprehensive benefits package.

● Opportunities for professional development.

● A supportive and inclusive work environment dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and solidarity.

COPE Ontario is a diverse, progressive membership-driven collective of Union locals that protects members’ rights and empowers them to unite for better workplaces and communities.

Starting date:  Immediately

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to: careers@copeontario.ca no later than July 5, 2024. Please include “In-House Lawyer Application” in the subject line of your email.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to info@copeontario.ca