Gordon Luborsky3762 Fourteenth Avenue Suite 200
Markham ON L3R 0G7
Tel: (905) 470-5996
Alternate Tel: (905) 470-5971
Fax: (905) 470-9946
In practice since 1999; also active in federal jurisdiction.
B.Sc., 1977, University of Toronto; M.A., 1979, University of Toronto; LL.B/J.D., 1982, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Lawyer, Sole Practitioner, Gordon F. Luborsky, Barrister and Solicitor, 1998-Present; Co-Chair, Labour and Employment Law Group, Lang Mitchener, Barristers and Solicitors, 1995-1998; Articling Student, Associate and Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie, Barristers and Solicitors, 1982-1994.
Collective agreement negotiation; grievance mediation; restructuring and reorganization; wrongful dismissal litigation; business litigation (i.e. shareholder agreements, rental, commercial transactions); insurance/personal injury matters.
Standard Fees for Cancellation
10% of block fee if notification received before a hearing is scheduled; 10% of block fee if notification received one month or more prior to hearing; 30% of block fee if notification received two to three weeks prior to hearing date; 40% of block fee if notification received one week prior to hearing; 60% of block fee if notification received less than one week prior to hearing; $600 for other basis for cancellation fees (s.49, OLRA).
Lists and Panels
List of arbitrators under the Ontario Labour Relations Act; List of adjudicators under the Canada Labour Code; On a number of panels under specific collective agreements.
Related Adjudication Experience
Consensual arbitrator in wrongful dismissal civil litigations; ADR in business litigation (shareholder agreements, rental, commercial transactions); insurance/personal injury matters.
Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators' Association (OLMAA); National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA).
Case report on recent jurisdictional dispute decisions by the Ontario Labour Board (January, 1999); "Employee Video Surveillance Revisited", Labour Alert (February, 1998); "Technological Change in the Workplace", CLV Special Report, (Carswell: September, 1997) Co-author; "Employee Surveillance: Defining the Boundaries", CLV Special Report (Carswell: Fall, 1997) Co-author; "Employer Discretion to Outsource Not Unfettered", Labour Alert (June, 1997).
Arbitration Awards in L.A.C. (4th Series)
Toronto District School Board v. CUPE, local 4400 (Unit D) (Black) (2011), 205 L.A.C. (4th) 8 (management rights - collective agreement limitations - denial of education tuition allowance); Sensient Flavors Canada Inc. v. United Steelworkers, local 3950 (2011), 205 L.A.C. (4th) 78 (holidays - lieu days; Improper Scheduling and Payment for Statutory Holidays); Sifto Canada Corp. v. CEP, local 16-0 (Glousher) (2010), 200 L.A.C. (4th) 305 (disciplinary offences - damage to property - sabotage - work performance - safety violations); Georgia Pacific Canada Inc. v. CEP local 192 (Lafleur) (2011), 206 L.A.C. (4th) 399 (disciplinary action - company rules; disciplinary offences - work relationships - fighting); Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board v. OECTA (Palmer) (2011), 207 L.A.C. (4th) 335 (evidence - admissions against interest; disciplinary offences - work performance - abusive conduct); Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board v. OECTA (2011), 209 L.A.C. (4th) 223 (discrimination - disability - teacher with severe hearing impairment; accommodation); Toronto (City) v. Toronto Professional Firefighters' Assn. local 3888 (2009), 185 L.A.C. (4th) 257 (benefits - entitlement to coverage; retirement - general); Grand & Toy Limited and United Steelworkers of America, Local 9197, Gr. of Dean Collicutt (alleged unjust dismissal) (2008), 176 L.A.C. (4th) 298; Toronto District School Board and Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4400, Gr. of Marcus Van Word (alleged unjust suspension and termination) (2009), 181 L.A.C. (4th) 49; City of Toronto and Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, Local 3888 (alleged denial of proper benefits for pre-65 retirees) (2009), 184 L.A.C. (4th) 257, Sifto Canada Corp. and C.E.P., Local 16-0, Gr. of Barrett Glousher (alleged unjust dismissal) (2010), 200 L.A.C. (4th) 305; Toronto District School Board and CUPE, Local 4400, Gr. of David Black (alleged improper denial of education tuition allowance) (2011), 205 L.A.C. (4th) 8; Sensient Flavors Canada Inc., Halton Hills and USW, Local 3950, Union Policy Grievance (alleged improper scheduling and payment for statutory holidays) (2011), 205 L.A.C. (4th) 78; Georgia Pacific Canada Inc. and CEP, Local 192 – Gr. of Ted Lafleur (alleged unjust dismissal) (2011), 206 L.A.C. (4th) 399; Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Gr. of Joseph Palmer (alleged unjust suspension and improper loss of salary) (2011), 207 L.A.C. (4th) 335; Waterloo (Regional Municipality) and CUPE, Local 188 (2008), 171 L.A.C. (4th) 107 (arbitrability – mootness; disability – accommodation); Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and ETFO (D. (S.)) (2008), 169 L.A.C. (4th) 353 (arbitrators – jurisdiction; collective agreement – implied terms); Toronto (City) and Toronto Professional Firefighters' Assn., Local 3888 (2007), 161 L.A.C. (4th) 339 (wages – deductions; interpretation – “indemnify”); Kitchener (City) and Kitchener Professional Fire Fighters Assn. (Waganka) (2006), 154 L.A.C. (4th) 228 (evidence – similar fact evidence – witnesses – cross-examination); North Bay Nugget and North Bay Newspaper Guild, Local 30241 (2005), 143 L.A.C. (4th) 106 (disciplinary offences – integrity and ethics; disciplinary penalties – mitigating factors); Cara Operations Ltd. and Teamsters Chemical, Energy and Allied Workers' Union, Local 647 (2005), 141 L.A.C. (4th) 266 (discrimination – evidence harassment); McKesson Canada and Teamsters Chemical, Energy and Allied Workers Union, Local 424 (2004), 136 L.A.C. (4th) 102 (privacy – statutory obligations – balance of interests – surveillance evidence); Waste Management Inc. and Teamsters, Local 419 (2004), 134 L.A.C. (4th) 188 (contracting out – collective agreement limitations; job evaluations – arbitral review); St. Joseph's General Hospital and O.N.A. (2004), 134 L.A.C. (4th) 86 (disability – innocent absenteeism); Sobeys Inc. and C.A.W., Local 1090 (2004), 131 L.A.C. (4th) 166 (expert evidence – video analysis; disciplinary offences – dishonesty – theft); McKesson Canada and Teamsters Chemical, Energy and Allied Workers Union, Local 424 (2004), 130 L.A.C. (4th) 439 (disciplinary action – procedural requirements); West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and C.L.A.C., Local 302 (2004), 126 L.A.C. (4th) 52 (management rights – employer rules; privacy – balance of interests); Fleet Industries Ltd. and I.A.M., Frontier Lodge 171 (2002), 112 L.A.C. (4th) 120 (grievance procedure – reference to arbitration; arbitrability – mootness); Tembec Inc. and C.E.P., Local 32 (2002), 111 L.A.C. (4th) 313 (estoppel – applications – representation); Toronto (City) and Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, Local 416 (2002), 106 L.A.C. (4th) 159 (arbitrability – settlement; benefits – entitlement to coverage); Kawneer Co. Canada Ltd. and International Assn. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 835 (2001), 100 L.A.C. (4th) 129 (disability – medical certificates; benefits – disability plans); Associated Spring (Barnes Group), Burlington Division and U.S.W.A., Local 8761 (2001), 99 L.A.C. (4th) 129 (skill and ability –assessment; job posting – posting procedure); Lakehead District School Board and C.U.P.E., Local 2486 (2001), 96 L.A.C. (4th) 315 (procedure - order of proceedings; evidence – onus of proof); Advanced Metal Products Ltd. and C.A.W.-Canada, Local 636 (2000), 93 L.A.C. (4th) 170 (procedure — adjournment; arbitrators — jurisdiction; arbitrability — collective agreement); Tembec Industries Inc. and I.W.A.-Canada, Local 2995 (2000), 86 L.A.C. (4th) 42 (remedies — damages - missed work opportunity).