Steven Barrett

Steven Barrett practices in the areas of constitutional, administrative and union labour law. He joined Sack Goldblatt Mitchell in 1985, has been a partner since 1988, and has served as managing partner since 2006. Steven appears before a variety of labour and administrative tribunals, and represents broader public sector trade unions and professional associations (including medical residents and physician groups) in both collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration, and on a range of strategic and policy matters. Steven also litigates before the courts on judicial review applications and appeals, and has an active practice under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including appearing as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in various freedom of association cases.


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Does unilateral government action threaten the future of medicare?

Three years ago, I commented on the then new (2012) OMA and Government agreement. I expressed scepticism at the time that the Agreement would truly result in the freeze (and indeed savings) the Government asserted that it would, especially without a hard or soft cap on utilization growth. As it turns out, at least according…

“Re-chartering” The OMA/government relationship

An Assessment Of The New Agreement On Negotiation And Representation Rights  As readers know, the OMA and Government have now, subject to OMA ratification, resolved their differences over fees and money, entering into a new two year Physician Services Agreement. I will leave to others the task of assessing whether the Agreement will truly result…

Unchartered waters: bad faith bargaining or responsible government?

On June 12, 2012, the OMA announced its intention to launch a constitutional challenge to the Ontario Government’s decision to reduce physician fees for 37 procedures and services. No doubt the OMA’s decision to attempt to shift the locus of its dispute with the government from the bargaining table to the courts was motivated by…