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LAO supervisory duty counsel lawyers join union

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 1:47 PM | By John Chunn

Supervisory Duty Counsel (SDC) lawyers employed by Legal Aid Ontario have voted to join the Society of United Professionals, IFPTE 160.

“We are delighted that our membership has expanded at LAO. The inclusion of SDCs is a natural fit and strengthens our bargaining position to help make improvements within LAO and for the broader legal community, said Scott Travers, president of the Society of United Professionals.

“Our union now represents more than 400 legal professionals and we are committed to expanding our work in this area,” said Travers.

According to the union’s press release, prior to the addition of 24 SDCs, the society represented more than 300 lawyers and articling students at LAO.

The LAO SDCs are the first group of employees that have joined the Society of United Professionals this year. In 2018, the professionals who work for the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa, Toronto's Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and the Toronto Hydro IT Professionals all joined the society.