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University of Ottawa, B.A.
University of Toronto, LL.B.
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Keith has been assisting employers for over 25 years providing strategic and timely advice on various workplace law issues. Keith is frequently retained to help his clients respond to challenging labour relations matters, union organizing campaigns, and human rights complaints.
Keith is one of the most experienced labour litigators in Western Canada, having represented employers in hundreds of arbitrations and labour board hearings. He routinely acts as chief spokesperson for employers in collective bargaining. He is recognized for his sound counsel, responsiveness and creativity in resolving disputes.
Keith, who works out of our Vancouver and Calgary offices, services clients throughout Western Canada. He is counsel to both provincially and federally regulated employers throughout Western Canada, in a full range of industries. In particular, Keith has extensive experience in the warehousing, retail, manufacturing, construction, energy, private health care and brewing sectors. He is a member of the British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario Law Societies. Keith is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada as a leading labour and employment lawyer, and as recommended counsel by the Legal 500, Canada. He is also listed by Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in Canada as a leader in Labour and Employment Law in Canada.
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Representative experienceOctober 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievance relating to termination of employee for violating privacy of another employee and dishonesty – Counsel Keith MurrayOctober 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievance alleging improper calculation of statutory holiday pay and overtime – Counsel Keith MurraySeptember 2019
Labour Relations Board dismisses entirety of omnibus unfair labour practice complaint against employer, which alleged wide ranging violations of the Labour Relations Code, including allegations that a number of employer actions were aimed at fostering decertification – Counsel Keith MurrayJune 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievance claiming statutory holiday pay for employees on unpaid sick leave, overturning a prior trouble shooter award between the parties, on the same issue – Counsel Keith MurrayMarch 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievances challenging the contracting out of a significant portion of the Company’s delivery work, accepting the Employer’s argument the contracting out restrictions in the Collective Agreement were not violated on the basis it was no longer “practical”, from a cost perspective, for the Company to continue performing the work – Counsel – Keith Murray and Mark BoutJanuary 2019
Arbitrator dismisses grievance challenging a three month suspension for failure to lock out – Counsel Keith MurrayDecember 2018
Arbitrator dismisses grievance alleging employer violated the Collective Agreement by discontinuing the practice of providing a monthly beer allotment to retirees – Counsel Keith MurrayOctober 2018
Arbitrator dismisses Union objection to the admissibility of covert video evidence that captured two employees engaging in sexual relations in the workplace – Counsel Keith MurrayApril 2018
Arbitrator dismisses grievances relating to the operation of new hi-tech equipment within a distribution warehouse, finding the operation of the equipment was not bargaining unit work – Counsel Keith Murray and Natasha JategaonkarOctober 2017
Arbitrator dismisses grievances relating to a 10 day suspension, 20 day suspension and termination. Arbitrator concludes employee was appropriately suspended and then terminated for abusive behaviour, and that the discipline was unrelated to any marijuana addiction the employee may have had – Counsel Keith MurrayJune 2017
Arbitrator rejects Union argument that employer’s video surveillance of the grievor violated her privacy, and dismisses grievances alleging the employer failed to accommodate the grievor’s disability – Counsel Keith MurrayFebruary 2017
Arbitrator dismisses grievance alleging employer had been improperly calculating sick time under the Collective Agreement – Counsel Keith MurrayDecember 2015
Labour Relations Board dismisses application for certification on basis the introduction of a second and different union into the Employer’s operation could create industrial instability for the Employer – Counsel Keith Murray & Gradin TylerJuly 2015
Arbitrator dismisses termination grievance and upholds terms of a Last Chance Agreement. Aggressive conduct toward manager violated Last Chance and warranted termination – Counsel Keith MurrayJune 2015
Arbitrator dismisses termination grievance relating to an employee who failed to follow the Company call in policy on several occasions. Arbitrator accepts Employer argument that suspension prior to termination not always required as part of progressive discipline procedure – Counsel Keith MurrayApril 2015
Labour Relations Board dismisses Union application for certification based on Employer argument that the group applied for was not appropriate – Counsel Keith MurrayJanuary 2015
Labour Relations Board dismisses all allegations of unfair labour practices against the Employer relating to the lay-off of four employees who supported the union, during a failed union organizing drive – Counsel Keith MurrayNovember 2014
Successfully negotiated four low cost renewal collective agreements for franchises of a national retailer. — Chief Spokesperson in bargaining – Keith MurrayOctober 2014
Successfully negotiated first collective agreements for two large construction industry employers. — Chief Spokesperson in bargaining – Keith MurraySeptember 2014
Labour Relations Board dismisses all allegations of unfair labour practices filed against the Employer during an unsuccessful union organizing drive. Board holds all Employer communications and actions in defending against the organizing drive were lawful. — Counsel – Keith MurraySeptember 2014
Arbitrator dismisses grievance relating to the termination of a long service employee who, while working under a “Last Chance Agreement”, was terminated for doing a crossword puzzle on work time. — Counsel – Keith MurrayAugust 2014
Labour Relations Board concludes that Employer bargaining proposal during a strike/lockout to modify the Union Security Clause to ensure it could not be utilized by the Union post-strike to punish Union members who crossed the picket line, was lawful. Bargaining in bad faith application dismissed. — Counsel: Keith Murray and Paul McLeanAugust 2014
Arbitrator dismisses grievances alleging unjust termination, harassment and failure to properly award job posting. Arbitrator concludes termination was for cause, and Employer acted properly at all times. Counsel: — Keith MurrayJune 2014
Renegotiated several low cost renewal Collective Agreements and a first agreement for employees working at long term care homes. Chief Spokesperson: — Keith MurrayApril 2014
Arbitrator dismisses Union grievance alleging Employer improperly limited the scope of employees who qualified to gain entrance to Group RRSP. Counsel: — Keith MurrayJanuary 2014
Arbitrator dismisses union grievance seeking substantial severance payments for two union representatives who were on long term union leave at time of plant closure. Arbitrator determines they were not entitled to severance under the terms of the Collective Agreement. Counsel: — Keith MurrayJanuary 2014
Renegotiated low cost renewal Collective Agreements for a grocery retailer, and a new lower cost Collective Agreement for any newly opened locations. Counsel: — Keith Murray
Industry recognitionBest Lawyers® in Canada
Labour and Employment LawChambers and Partners Canada
Employment and Labour Law – British Columbia and Nationwide-CanadaWho’s Who Legal
Labour and Employment LawThe Legal 500 Canada
Labour and Employment Law
Keith Murray presented at the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia.
Keith Murray presented at the LabourWatch 2019 Conference
Keith Murray presented at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Labour Relations Conference.
Keith Murray presented at the CUE Canada Regional Meeting in Markham, Ontario.
Keith Murray presented at the Vancouver Lancaster House Labour and Arbitration Policy Conference.
Keith Murray was a presenting member at the Ius Laboris Americas Conference in Miami Beach, Florida
Tough Issues Facing Labour Boards: Statutory Freeze Questions, Health and Safety Claims, Rogue Employer Remedies, and More
Keith Murray presented at the Lancaster House Audio Series.
Keith Murray, Paul McLean, Ryan Anderson and Grady Tyler conducted a multi-client seminar
Keith Murray,Ryan Anderson and Grady Tyler presented to members of the BC Human Resources Management Association in Vancouver.
Articles and papersNovember 21, 2019
Keith Murray and Mark Bout co-authored a paper entitled Changes to the British Columbia Labour Relations Code, Not Balanced, Not Reasonable – Employers Beware for the Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP Annual Client ConferenceSeptember 23, 2016
Keith Murray and Natasha Jategaonkar co-authored a paper entitled “Recent Developments in British Columbia Labour & Employment Law” for the 13th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Counsel to EmployersAugust 31, 2016
Keith Murray and Mark Bout co-authored the Province Union Certification Q&A Guide for British Columbia, Alberta and Federal for Practical Law Canada.