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Sarah believes in the labour movement, and is proud to represent trade unions at labour boards, arbitrations and in court.

As a union-side labour lawyer in Hamilton, Ontario, Sarah has represented unions in a wide variety of matters, but her focus is on providing legal support before, during and after a union organizing drive.

Some of Sarah’s notable work on behalf of unions and their members include:

  • Successfully defending a union’s key inside organizer against allegations that his legitimate organizing efforts constituted illegal harassment or in Worldpac Canada Inc, 2018 CanLII 75070 (ON LRB)
  • Defeating a decertification application brought after a unionized hotel was purchased by a new owner who was highly antagonistic towards the union’s representative in Mallory v United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, 2018 CanLII 13358 (ON LRB)
  • Assisting in the organization of the country’s first unionized Amazon drivers.
  • Successfully defending against a judicial review application to the Federal Court of Appeal by an employer who asserted that the Canada Industrial Relations Board’s certification of a group of in-flight paramedics was unconstitutional in Northern Air Solutions Inc (View Case).
  • Obtaining a successor employer declaration in Pavao Meats Wholesale & Retail Ltd (View Case) following the sale in bankruptcy of a previously unionized meat processing facility and deli to a non-union employer. Labour lawyers represent unions or unionized employers in disputes about workplace policies, rules, employee discipline and dismissal under a Collective Agreement.

For more information about services for non-union employees or employers, please see our Employment Law page.

The results in cases discussed on this page may not be typical. Each case depends on a variety of factors, some of which may be out the control of the parties or their lawyers.


Northern Air Solutions Inc.

Northern Air Solutions Inc. v. United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Local 175, 2015 FCA 259


Pavao Meats Wholesale & Retail Ltd

United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 175 v Pavao Meats Wholesale & Retail Ltd, 2016 CanLII 45355


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