Legal Aid Lawyers Vote to Join Local 160
Following their four-year campaign to win collective bargaining rights, Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers have chosen to join IFPTE Local 160, The Society of Energy Professionals, with 76% voting in favour of being represented by The Society. Voting occurred last week for the 354 staff lawyers that make up the newest Local 160 bargaining unit.
“I am proud to welcome Legal Aid Ontario lawyers to The Society,” said Local 160 president Scott Travers. “LAO lawyers showed great strength in their fight for collective bargaining rights and I am confident that same strength will continue as we begin working on their first collective agreement. I look forward to working in collaboration with the employer toward a collective agreement that is mutually beneficial to both our members and LAO.”
Travers said that the Legal Aid lawyers’ vote shows that professionals are looking to improve their working lives through collective bargaining.
“Collective bargaining is a powerful way for professionals to improve their working conditions and protect their ethical obligations,” Travers noted. “LAO lawyers deserve the opportunity to improve their working lives and the service to their clients through collective bargaining.”
Local 160 will continue working with professionals across all sectors in Ontario to bring them the opportunities that come with collective bargaining.
Local 160 represents 8,000 professionals in the public, private and regulatory sectors, including engineers, lawyers and accountants. Legal Aid Ontario lawyers will become Local 160’s 15th bargaining unit.