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Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers

It was one year ago today that the Quebec government passed a law that forced the province’s 1,100 civil lawyers and notaries back to work after a four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history. But the head of the lawyers’ union says time hasn’t taken the sting out of the collective slap his members received when the law was passed following a marathon 24-hour debate in the National Assembly on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Publication date : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email

A junior lawyer’s decision to speak out — with an email copied to dozens of government lawyers — about an allegedly “abusive” boss at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General caused Queen’s Park to finally take notice of historic problems that were later called a “festering” sore in a government report.

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Publication date : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals

Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years.  The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day...

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Publication date : 2018-02-21
Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Lawyers and Notaries of the Québec State: Predictable Failure of Mandatory Mediation

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) react to the disclosure of the report resulting from mandatory mediation with the government under the law. The report concludes that mediation has failed. According to LANEQ, this desolate result was predictable, since the law passed by the government to force the return to work of its members did not allow a real negotiation.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Publication date : 2017-07-10


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Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

13-07-2017

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(Quebec) Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

 

The prolongation of negotiations provided for in the special law adopted at the end of February did not bear fruit. In his report filed with the Ministry of Labor and made public Thursday night, Mediator René Beaupré comes to the sad conclusion "that no matter has been agreed." "Unfortunately," he wrote, "it was not possible to induce the parties to reach an agreement on any of the issues at the beginning of the mediation process."

 

The special law, which provided for the continuation of negotiations up to 105 days, lays down in Article 40 the conditions of employment which will apply to lawyers. Their collective agreement is renewed, and their salary increase will be only 6.75% over five years. Far from the 9.15% granted at the end of 2015 for the same period to the common front of the Quebec civil servants. 

 

"I am sorry that LANEQ did not reach an agreement with the government when it was possible to do so for 510,000 employees in the public and parapublic sectors," said Pierre Moreau, President of the Conseil du trésor, By press release. 

 

Quebec has never wished to give its lawyers a status similar to that of crown prosecutors whose working conditions are determined by an independent committee. 

 

LANEQ claimed a salary increase equivalent to that of prosecutors, ie 10% over four years. The lawyers were on the sidewalk from October 24, 2016 to March 1, 2017 to make their claims. The longest conflict in the history of the public service in Canada. 

 

The president of LANEQ and its approximately 1100 members, Jean Denis, believes that "this dismal result" was predictable since the special law did not allow for "real negotiation". An appeal for bad faith negotiations has been filed against the government and the first hearing is to be held in September before the Administrative Labor Court. "LANEQ intends to give testimony in particular to Prime Minister Philippe Couillard, Treasury Board President Pierre Moreau, and Finance Minister Carlos Leitão," warns Denis.