Wassim Garzouzi

YEAR OF CALL: 2011

2008 LL.B., University of Ottawa

2006 LL.L., University of Ottawa

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJÉFO)
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)
  • County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

WASSIM GARZOUZI maintains a robust practice dedicated exclusively to the representation of unions and their members in all areas of labour relations, including human rights. Wassim specializes in arbitration proceedings and regularly appears before labour and arbitration boards where he has the privilege of representing many of the strongest and most progressive unions in the country.

He was elected by his peers to serve as Regional Vice-President for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and is a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches the advanced Labour Law course, in both the French and English programs.

Outside of Labour, Wassim has no interests or hobbies. He is singularly focused on serving his clients.

RECENT NOTABLE LABOUR DECISIONS

Health Sciences North v Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1623, 2017 CanLII 57465 and 2017 CanLII 68130 (Employer breached Minutes of Settlement, damages awarded to both the Union and the employee by the Arbitration Board) [CUPE]

Grant v Deputy Head (Correctional Service of Canada), 2017 PSLREB 59 (Employer racially stereotyped visible minority employee as being violent and untrustworthy, discrimination grievance allowed by the Arbitration Board) [PSAC]

Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1623 v Health Sciences North, 2017 CanLII 10853 (Employer violated the Human Rights Code by requiring employees to use sick leave benefits when working on modified duties, grievance allowed by the Arbitration Board ) [CUPE]

Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Local 479 v Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, 2017 CanLII 1431 (Professional leadership does not engage “managerial” exception in the Ontario Labour Relations Act, grievance allowed by the Arbitration Board) [OPSEU]

Canada Post Corporation v Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2016 CanLII 39659 (Employer’s Disability and Illness Policy deemed unreasonable by the Arbitration Board) [CUPW]

Canada Post Corporation v Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2016 CanLII 16519 (Employee terminated for alleged “bullying” and “harassment”, reinstated by the Arbitration Board) [CUPW]

Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 139 v North Bay Regional Health Centre, 2016 CanLII 12953 (Reduction in full-time hours constitutes layoff, rules Arbitration Board) [CUPE]