Black Gropper has always at its core been a law firm focused on, and dedicated to, representing trade unions (at the local, national and international level), and employee associations in British Columbia. We provide strategic advice and representation to our clients respecting:

  • Certifications, variances, and related issues;
  • Collective bargaining negotiation;
  • Collective agreement interpretation and administration;
  • Unfair labour practice complaints;
  • Successorship, common and true employer applications;
  • Employer policies, including drug and alcohol testing in safety sensitive positions;
  • Employer requests for medical and other personal information;
  • "Last Chance" agreements;
  • Strikes, lockouts, and essential service legislation; and
  • Council of Trade Union matters.

The lawyers at Black Gropper have represented private and public sector trade unions and employee associations in countless arbitrations, labour relations applications, reviews, and appeals before the Labour Relations Board, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

The legal community and our clients have recognized Black Gropper as a leader in conducting important policy grievances, and labour relations applications, which raise fundamental and challenging legal issues.

In addition to the above, Black Gropper provides strategic advice and representation to labour organizations in the following areas:

  • Human rights complaints;
  • Freedom of information and other privacy issues, including matters before the Privacy Commissioner;
  • Injunction applications and other civil litigation matters;
  • Corporate work, including the internal administration of Union/Association Bylaws and Constitutions, as well as issues that arise in their role as employer;
  • Professional governance issues; and
  • Other legal issues with which they may require assistance.

We also provide in-service training to our clients in respect of a number of important legal issues. For more information, please see our Resources page.
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