Municipal employers, including municipalities, school boards, local boards and commissions, utilities, and police services boards, are subject to the pull of local demands, limited resources, and political involvement at the most direct level. Simultaneously, the authority of municipal employers is restricted by a variety of different, changing, and sometimes competing pieces of legislation including the Municipal Act, Police Services Act, other emergency services legislation, and freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation. The actions of a municipal government and its related agencies and boards are constantly under a high level of scrutiny.
In the context of this special environment, municipal employers are usually faced with the challenges of managing a varied workforce with multiple union-management relationships and collective agreements.
CCPartners has extensive experience and knowledge in assisting municipal employers in dealing with a full range of labour and employment issues. We have and continue to act for numerous municipalities, police services boards, and other local boards and commissions. We have assisted municipalities with such complex matters as collective bargaining in the context of strike preparation and also strike management. We provide a broad range of services in collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitrations, human rights, accessibility, privacy, and non-bargaining unit employment matters. We act as counsel to large and small municipalities throughout the province.
In addition to our services on labour and employment matters, we have an expertise assisting municipalities and police services boards with matters relating to coroners’ inquests; occupational health and safety proceedings, training and prevention; and WSIB and WSIAT proceedings. We also regularly appear as guest speakers before municipal organizations as the WSIB Municipal Users Group and the Schedule 2 Employers’ Group.
Clients we have provided services to in this industry:
- Regional Municipalities
- Cities and Towns
- Police Services Boards
- Emergency services within municipalities including fire and paramedic services
- Public, Separate and Private School Boards
- Transit Authorities
- Library Boards