COVID 19 NOTICE - We are compliant with all Covid restrictions and sensitive to various clients’ inability to meet in person at this time. We will accommodate this to the best of our ability, whether through phone, online meetings, or outdoor visits.

We have moved.
But not too far.

As of May 25,2019 our new address is:

802 13th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0L2
Nothing else has changed.

Intelligent, Practical Solutions

For over 100 years, Ridout Barron has been dedicated to solving our clients' problems creatively and efficiently.



Library workers in Toronto negotiate tentative settlement

Around 2,220 library workers have arrived at a tentative settlement agreement in Toronto. The agreement was announced early morning on Monday, May 2, which means that area libraries will open on schedule. Employees were on the verge of walking off the job after midnight on Monday, which would have closed Toronto’s 100 public libraries.

However, the library workers’ union president said that the labor organization had reached a crucial deal at 7 a.m. Monday. A new four-year contract had been agreed to. The union president said that the bargaining was difficult but they ultimately arrived at an agreement that honored some of the library workers’ concerns and gives Toronto’s librarians the ability to continue giving their best on the job.

The terms of the deal have not been revealed and the deal has not been inked as of yet, but the news is certainly favorable. One of the biggest issues in the contract dispute related to part-time library staff, whom the union said were struggling. Wage increases and employment security were also important issues on the negotiating table. The union president said that many of the things requested were benefits and wage issues that had been outpaced by inflation and had not been revised in 10 to 15 years.

According to the co-founder of a worker advocacy group called the Urban Worker Project, the issues do not stop with librarians. Rather, the library worker contract dispute highlights a plight that many employees without pensions, benefits and job security also face on a daily basis.

Contract disputes and employee pay and benefits issues can frequently result in long-term and destructive strikes. As such, it is important that businesses and organizations diligently work out these issues with employees and union leaders swiftly before they escalate, as the Toronto library system was able to do so admirably in this case. In some situations, an experienced lawyer and mediator can be invaluable assets to ensure that negotiations are carried out as smoothly as possible.

Source:, “Toronto library workers reach tentative agreement,” May 02, 2016




Ridout Barron
802 13th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0L2
Phone: 403-278-3730
Fax: 403-271-8016
Calgary Law Office Map


There is free 2 hour street parking at our new location.

We Use Video

We can use video conferencing tools like Zoom, Webex or Facetime in order to meet your needs through online virtual meetings

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook
Follow Us On LinkedIn