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Job Posting - In-House Lawyer

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) is a dynamic and progressive labour union dedicated to advocating for the rights and interests of workers across Canada. With a rich history of activism and a commitment to social justice, we represent a diverse membership and strive to create positive change in the workplace and beyond.


We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated in-house lawyer to join our team in our Toronto office. As our in-house lawyer, you will play a crucial role in providing legal counsel and representation to our union, its locals and members. You will be responsible for advising on a wide range of legal matters related to labour and employment law, including collective agreements, grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, and regulatory compliance.


  • Provide legal advice and guidance to union leadership, staff, and members on various legal issues affecting the union and its members.
  • Represent the union in grievance arbitration hearings and at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and other regulatory and administrative bodies.
  • Monitor and analyze changes in labour and employment law and provide recommendations to ensure compliance and protect the interests of the union and its members.
  • Collaborate with external legal counsel as needed and manage outside litigation and legal matters on behalf of the union.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis to support union initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • Work closely with other departments within the union to advance organizational goals and priorities.
  • Evening and some weekend work and overnight travel will be required.


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience practicing law, with a focus on labour and employment law.
  • Strong knowledge of labour law, collective bargaining, and union organizing principles.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to social justice, worker empowerment, and the labor movement.
  • Valid drivers’ licence.
  • Ability to work in both English and French would be an asset.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • A supportive and inclusive work environment dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and solidarity.

Pride 2024

COPE Ontario celebrates Pride and supports 2SLGBTQI+ equality and justice! Show your support at an event later this month and throughout the summer.

• Thunder Pride (Various Events) - May 4 - June 23
• Pride Toronto (Various Events) - May 17- June 30
• Guelph Spring Pride - June 6-16
• Bay of Quinte Pride: Pride Parade & Pride in the Park - June 8
• Brockville Pride Parade - June 8
• Thunder Pride March - June 8
• West Nipissing Pride Parade - June 8
• West Nipissing Pride After party - June 8
• Kingston Pride Festival - June 8-16
• York Pride Sparkling Night - June 14
• Brantford Pride: Pride in the Park - June 15
• York Pride Parade - June 15
• York Parade & Pride on Riverwalk - June 15
• Senior Pride Toronto 2024: Be ________ - June 15
• Thunder Pride - Rise Up Fest and Parade - June 15
• Owen Sound Pride Parade - June 17
• Kenora Pride March and BBQ - June 22
• Pride Toronto March: My First Pride - June 30
• Fenelon Falls Pride - July 12
• Collingwood Pride Festival ( Various Events) - July 12-13
• Pride London Festival - July 12-31
• Pride London Festival - Victoria Park - July 19-21
• Muskoka Pride Week - July 19-28
• Sault Pridefest - Roary Day Parade Float - July 20
• Sault Pridefest - Flag Raising & Pride Walk - July 21
• Sault Pridefest - Loud & Proud - July 21
• Pride London 28th Annual London Pride Parade - July 21
• 1000 Island River Pride - June 21-23
• Simcoe County: FSP's 2023 Pride Season - July 24 - August 6
• Windsor-Essex Pride Festival - August 6-11
• Pride Manitoulin (Various Events) - August 9-11
• Hamilton: Strength with Pride - August 10
• Chatham-Kent (Various Events) – August 10-17
• Windsor-Essex Pride Parade - August 11
• Chatham-Kent Pride Flag Raising – August 12
• Chatham-Kent Pride Parade – August 17
• Minden Pride - August 22
• Ottawa: Capital Pride Parade - August 26
• Fierte Timmins Pride - September 9-15
• North Bay Pride Festival - September 11-15
• Peterbrough - Nogojiwanong Pride Week 2024 (Various Events) – September 20-29
• Peterbrough - Nogojiwanong Pride "Pride in the Park" – September 28
• Peterbrough - Nogojiwanong Pride "The Pride March/Parade" – September 28


COPE Fights for Homecare Workers

COPE joined other unions at Queen's Park to call on the Ford government to halt a plan that will cause further chaos in the home care sector – for both patients and workers. 

Bill 135 – rushed through the legislature with little oversight – demolishes existing governance structures and paves the way for privatization of vital health care services. 

The measure would dismantle the existing system of 14 Home Care and Community Support Services organizations across the province and turn them into one unwieldly structure. Unions have asked the government to consult with them on how to avoid the labour relations turmoil that will result. 

COPE Local 550 represents workers at Home Care and Community Support Services – Toronto. 

COPE Ontario Interim Director Glenn Wheeler (centre) joined OPSEU President JP Hornick, ONA President Erin Ariss, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and NDP Health Critic France Gelinas at a media conference at Queen's Park.




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