Background & Experience
Anthony (Tony) has practiced labour and workplace law since his call to the BC Bar in 1994. He became a partner in 1997 and remained with the same firm which ultimately became Glavin Gordon Clements and now Koskie Glavin Gordon. Chambers and Partners ranks both the firm and Anthony in its top echelon (Band 1) for employment and labour relations in BC. In addition, Lexpert has “repeatedly recommended” Anthony since 2004 as one of the leading labour relations practitioners in the province.
Anthony’s practice includes representing unions in both the private and public sectors. His private sector clients represent workers in industries ranging from airlines, brewery and winery, longshore and newspapers to camera, technicians and performers in film and television. In the public sector he represents firefighters, resident doctors and unions in the health care, post-secondary education, transportation and municipal sectors. Anthony has also developed a significant health and welfare trust practice, having concluded two large public sector joint trust agreements affecting over 50,000 employees and their dependents. Anthony continues to be involved on behalf of unions in the creation and implementation of new health benefit joint trusts.
Anthony’s practice routinely involves appearing before a range of administrative bodies including labour arbitrators, labour relations boards, pension standards tribunals, financial services tribunals, privacy commissioners, workers’ compensation boards and human rights tribunals. As well, he pursues his clients’ interests at every level of the courts in British Columbia and in the federal jurisdiction. Anthony also participates in negotiations with several of his clients, including resident doctors and on behalf of the BC Council of Film Unions in industry bargaining with the film and television producers in Los Angeles.
As part of the firm providing full services to its clients, Anthony is involved in teaching a variety of labour law courses and, each year, puts on a week-long arbitration law course with three arbitrators for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Anthony also carries on a small sports law practice in which he serves as regional counsel to the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association and acts as a player agent to professional lacrosse players under contract with National Lacrosse League clubs.
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 500 -and- BC Maritime Employers’ Association (Guardrail Safe Work Procedures case) – this case involved 3 grievances brought by Local 500 and, over the course of 28 days of hearing that included evidence from competing expert witnesses, the Union succeeded in all aspects of its case requiring the employers to implement new safe work procedures using guardrails when shipping grain in inclement weather.
- Joint Health Science Benefits Trust; Joint Facilities Benefits Trust – successfully negotiated the joint trust agreements on behalf of two large public sector bargaining associations covering over 50,000 health sector employees and their dependents.
- Unifor Local 2000 -and- Pacific Newspaper Group (Re: Job Guarantees) – successfully persuaded an arbitrator that Lifetime Job Guarantee agreements affecting Pressmen and a Mailer were applicable in the context of a contracting out of the employer’s presses.
- Brewery Winery & Distillery Workers, Local 300 –and- Brewers Distributor Ltd. (Defined Benefit Pension Case) involved successfully litigating pension rights for hundreds of members of the pension plan before the Pension Standards Branch, Financial Services Tribunal, and ultimately BC Supreme Court.
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 247 –and- Westfair Foods Ltd. (Statutory Holiday Pay), upheld by the Labour Relations Board on appeal, involved successfully obtaining a remedy for a large bargaining unit of employees who were underpaid in respect to statutory holiday pay.
- Interior Brewery Workers, Local 308 –and- Labatt Brewery (Surveillance Case) involved successfully striking out all surveillance and related evidence obtained by a private investigator in support of a termination by the company.
- The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University – LLB
- Simon Fraser University – BA (Honours, Pol Sci; Minor Cmns)
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association – Labour Law Subsection
- Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)
- International Foundation, Employee Benefits
Awards & Rankings
- Chambers Canada- and L’expert-recognized union-side specialist in labour relations in British Columbia.
- Recipient of Canadian Bar Association Lawyer Referral 10 year Recognition
- Clyde W. Sperry Property Law Award – Dalhousie Law School
- “Employer Investigations” – Continuing Legal Education – Glavin, A.
- “Arbitration: To Go or Not to Go” – Canadian Labour Congress Winter School – Glavin, A., Nichols, J., McPhillips, D. & Moore, W.