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Unionization in the Dental World – Another Unionized Dental Office in Ontario

By December 8, 2015November 5th, 2019Employment Law

Not long ago we wrote about unionization in Ontario dental offices and what it may mean for owner dentists.

In light of the fact that at the time of writing that article, our research showed that there was only one unionized dental office in all of Ontario, I posed the question: whether “unionization in the dental industry will be a growing trend or a passing fad”. Based on our latest research of reported cases,  the answer is shaping up to be the former…

On September 25, 2015 more than 50% of the employees of Dr. Soota Dentistry Professional Corporation o/a Square One Dental and Dr. Vikas Soota Dentistry Professional Corporation o/a Meadowvale Dental voted in favour of unionization and were certified by the Ontario Labour Board as a bargaining unit [United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 175 v. Dr. Soota Dentistry Professional Corporation, 2015 CanLII 61654].

This means that the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union will now responsible for negotiating a collective agreement for the employees at Square One Dental and Meadowvale Dental.  And the Dentist, Dr. Soota, must comply with the Ontario Labour Code in his dealings with the union as described in this previous article.

Will the unionization of dental offices in Ontario continue growing in the coming months / years?  Only time will tell.  We will keep you posted!

Please note that the information provided herein is not legal advice and is provided for informational and educational purposes only.  If you need legal advice, contact us today – we are your legal dental team.

DMC