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 national 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 North America.

In addition to litigating, Wassim bargains on behalf of trade unions in the provincial and federal sectors – ensuring that operational requirements never take precedence over dignity and human rights. He also acts as a nominee on interest arbitration boards where he adopts a targeted approach to effectively achieve sector-wide advancements.

Wassim 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, teaching the advanced Labour Law course, in both the French and English programs. In this same role, Wassim recently led a successful organizing drive resulting in the unionization of hundreds of faculty members at the University of Ottawa.

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

RECENT NOTABLE LABOUR DECISIONS

University of Ottawa and Association of Part Time Professors of the University of Ottawa, 2019 CanLII 38159 (Arbitrator awards 91% salary increase during the term of the first collective agreement between the parties) [APTPUO]

Office and Professional Employees International Union v Canadian Helicopters Limited (Canadian Helicopters Offshore), 2018 CIRB 891 (Employer violated Canada Labour Code by hiring employees after a certification application was presented, assigned them different titles and paid them less. Complaint allowed by the Canada Industrial Relations Board) [OPEIU]

Corporation of the City of Kingston v Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 109, 2018 CanLII 26065 (Employer cannot refuse to pay nurses for work performed before and after the work shift. Grievance allowed by Arbitration Board) [CUPE]

Algonquin College v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 2018 CanLII 83052 (Employer violated legislation when it attempted to exclude an employee from the bargaining unit) [OPSEU]

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]