November 16, 2015

Re-Claiming the Right to Work Poster

In recent years, the phrase “right to work” has come to be synonymous with a right-wing agenda in the United States to undermine the trade union movement by prohibiting union security agreements, restricting the payment of union dues, and weakening the economic power of unions. Ironically, far from providing a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, so-called “right-to-work” laws restrict freedom of association by limiting the kinds of contractual agreements unions can make with employers and, in many cases, have resulted in lower wages and benefits for workers.

This event, co-sponsored by Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR), the Centre for Labour Management RelationsFaraday Law, and Goldblatt Partners, seeks to re-claim the “right to work” by re-framing work as a public good, rather than a commodity. Such a shift has far-reaching implications:

  • If the right to work is a human right, what does this mean for the right of workers to participate in productive activities and to obtain an adequate standard of living?
  • What are the implications for national and international regulatory systems, as well as transnational migration?
  • How can such a shift help organized labour and non-unionized workers to respond to growing conditions of precarity and the erosion of decent work?

We will explore these questions, and more, at a panel discussion of trade unionists, workers' activists, and labour experts.



The event is FREE.


Please register at:   

Come learn and share your thoughts


September 09, 2015
The 2016 Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers / Association Canadienne des Avocats du Mouvement Syndical (CALL / ACAMS) will be held from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday June 5, 2016 inclusive in St, John's, Newfoundland.

Further details concerning the agenda and the events will follow as soon as possible.
Please mark your calendars. 


June 01, 2015

Pursuant to Article 11.2 of the Constitution, this is Notice that at the Business Meeting on June 13, 2015 to be held at the conference in Winnipeg at the Hotel Fort Garry, the following Constitutional Amendments will be proposed:

Click here to view the proposed amendments to the Constitution

March 31, 2015

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights is hosting a forum. It turns out there is room for a small number of CALL general members to attend. This is short notice, and if you want to attend, please let me know ASAP and no later than Wednesday April 1 at . If you are already going via another invitation, there is no need to let me know as part of this invitation.

The CFLR advised:

Please find attached the agenda for the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) Forum on the three January 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decisions on labour rights and their implications for the Canadian labour movement.

The forum is being hosted by CFLR, in conjunction with the CLC Legal Challenges Committee and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.  It is at the Marine Room at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  Lunch will be served.

Should you require hotel accommodations, there may be room in the reserved block, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel - call1-800-291-9434‎, advise that you are attending the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights and use group reservation code ND05AA.


Leanne Chahley

March 19, 2015

Human Rights, the Charter and Unions – Past Struggles and New Frontiers

The 2015 CALL/ACAMS Annual Conference will once again present a comprehensive, critical and timely review of legal issues of significance to all those who represent, and provide legal counsel to, trade unions. The Conference will feature many of the country’s leading labour lawyers and academics, including practitioners who have argued the cases we will be discussing. We will have a mixture of plenaries and workshops, with simultaneous interpretation in both French and English for all sessions.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the equality provisions of the Charter, and just over 30 years since the Report on Employment Equity by Justice Rosalie Abella. As well, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights has recently opened in Winnipeg, our host city in 2015. The Theme for the 2015 Conference will be Human Rights, the Charter and Unions – Past Struggles and New Frontiers.

Our topics will include:

  • Constitutional Update – the new “Trilogy”
  • Rights of the Transgender Worker 
  • Labour Rights are Human Rights – hosted by the International Labour Relations Committee
  • Pay Equity Update
  • Individual Claimants and Trade Unions– Workers Compensation, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Employment Standards
  • 10 Minute Labour Lawyer - Case Law and Legislative Review
  • Dispatches from the Ivory Tower – Recent Developments in Academic Labour Law
  • Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Labour and Human Rights Proceedings
  • How to Stage an Intervention – in Court or before a Tribunal
  • TWO Professionalism and Ethics Workshops [3 hours total] - for Continuing Legal Education Purposes (Accreditation approval pending) 


The conference runs from June 11th - 14th, 2015. Join us at Winnipeg’s historic and haunted Hotel Fort Garry with late-day registration and a reception on the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Conference sessions run all day Friday, Saturday, and adjourn promptly at noon on Sunday.