We have negotiated over 1000 collective agreements in a variety of industries and provide strategic advice and practical workplace training programs to our valued and trusting clients.
We provide expertise for employers in collective bargaining, strategic labour relations advice to union and non-union organizations and practical workplace training solutions.
- Act as lead spokesperson, including new certifications/first collective agreements
- Assist employer negotiating committees to decide on an appropriate mandate and review employer and union proposals
- Advise on effective tactics and creative options to resolve difficult issues
- Advise on strike or lockout planning, essential services, mediation, arbitration, and all applicable legislation
We work closely with our clients to develop short and long term labour relations strategies that can be implemented in the workplace. This strategic advice is designed to improve employee and employer communication as well as labour management relations during the life of the collective agreement.
Workplace Training and Development Programs
- Certification/First Collective Agreements (+ MORE)
- Many of our clients have just been organized or are concerned about a potential union organizing campaign. This training program is designed to ensure you understand all the legal and practical considerations during the certification process. And for those with brand new certifications, negotiating your first collective agreement is critical to ensure your operational flexibility and affordability. We can assist you either at the bargaining table or in training your employer negotiating committee to get the outcome you desire.
- Collective Bargaining (+ MORE)
- Many organizations have good labour relationships and are interested in bringing collective bargaining expertise in-house. We have a customized program to train your employer negotiating committee on live issues they will be faced with in their upcoming set of negotiations. You will walk away from this program with the right mandate for bargaining and completed employer proposals so you are ready to meet with the union.
- Supervisory Skills (+ MORE)
- Critical to the success of any organization is the training and development of leaders. This program trains your front line supervisors on: performance management, coaching and feedback and conflict resolution skills. There are additional modules that can be added or created (such as: absenteeism, progressive discipline, etc.) and we will work directly with you to ensure the training designed meets your needs.
- Managing in a Unionized Environment (+ MORE)
- Many organizations and mangers want to increase their knowledge and improve their understanding of working within a unionized environment. Our clients will learn important information about collective agreements, working with the union, dealing with grievances and arbitrations, investigations, and how to properly administer progressive discipline. While developing this program for you, we will work together to ensure it meets your organizations' needs to better help you operate in a unionized environment.
Advice to Non-Unionized Employers
We also work closely with non-unionized employers. Through the development of employee handbooks, company policies, effective communication plans and training programs we help our clients create, foster and maintain positive working environments.
Jay Sharun has negotiated over 400 collective agreements and provides strategic labour relations advice/training in all industries throughout Western Canada.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with Honours) from the Sauder School of Business. He is the 2014 recipient of BCHRMA’s Award of Excellence in Innovation
He previously worked in labour relations with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Pacific Blue Cross and also served as a Director with the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.
Mr. Jones has extensive executive experience in the mining industry having spent over twenty years with Teck Coal Limited and its predecessors, Elk Valley Coal Partnership and Fording Inc., where he was responsible for human resources, legal affairs, corporate communications, government and community relations and corporate governance. Mr. Jones was a Vice President and Secretary of Fording Canadian Coal Trust from 2004 to 2008. Prior to pursuing his corporate career, Mr. Jones practised law focusing on labour and employment law.
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan and a law degree from the University of Victoria. He serves as a Director of the Resource Industry Training Organization and is a past Director of the Mining Association of British Columbia, the Mining Association of Canada and a past Chair and Director of Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Limited.
Mr. Gall was counsel to the Korbin Commission on the contractual relationships between the government and doctors in British Columbia. He has authored numerous articles on administrative, constitutional, and labour law, some which have been cited and quoted from by the Supreme Court of Canada. A regular guest speaker in Canada and abroad, he has been a keynote speaker at the Stanford lectures for Canadian Judges. He has served as the associate editor of the Administrative Law Reports and is a former contributing editor of the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Cases. He has been an adjunct professor at Stanford, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia Law Schools, and was Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Law School during the Fall term of 2004.
Formerly, Mr. Gall was a founding partner at Heenan Blaikie’s Vancouver office from 1991 to 2014. He also previously founded Jordan and Gall, which merged with Blakes and started the Blakes’ Vancouver office. Earlier in his career, from 1976 to 1980, he was an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Law School.
Ms. Vipond is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia (UBC) and teaches in the areas of labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. She has also lectured as a guest speaker in those areas at Stanford Law School and UBC Law School, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
Ms. Vipond completed her Master in the Science of Law at Stanford University in 2010 where she conducted empirical research on the B.C. first contract arbitration model and presented her findings across the United States. Her thesis, entitled “First Contract Arbitration: Evidence from British Columbia, Canada of the Significance of Mediator’s Non-Binding Recommendations”, was published in the Fall 2011 edition of the American Labor Law Journal and has been published into a book.
While attending law school, Ms. Vipond won the Ottawa University’s Hicks Morley Labour Law Advocacy Competition in addition to maintaining her involvement with the Community Legal Clinic, Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) and the Common Law Student Society (CLSS). She was also admitted to the Golden Key International Honour Society in recognition of her academic achievement.
Ms. Vipond previously worked at two large national law firms and completed a secondment at a large international company as in-house counsel.
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