Lisa Bush is committed to challenging injustice in the workplace and beyond, and brings excellent investigative skills and research abilities to her work in labour arbitration. She is steadfast in her goals of protecting and advancing workers’ rights.
Lisa’s practice focuses on labour arbitration in the transit sector, including grievance and interest arbitration. This challenging and meaningful work often requires taking creative and progressive positions on the meaning of collective agreement language; advocating for the preservation and robust interpretation of hard-won rights and protections; and constantly seeking to improve the lives and working conditions of employees.
With her deep passion for social justice and human rights, Lisa advocates avidly for the rights of working people, and understands that the right to meaningful, safe and fairly-paid work is a human right.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development at the University of Guelph before attending Osgoode Hall Law School. Lisa followed her strong interest in social justice at Osgoode, pursuing placements at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Following law school, she articled with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Lisa holds a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University.
Decisions of Interest
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 v. Toronto Transit Commission, 2021 CanLII 77723 (ON LA) (Shime)
- As junior co-counsel, Lisa helped persuade the arbitrator to interpret various collective agreement provisions in a manner that will help to prevent the contracting out of work in the future.
Toronto Transit Commission v. Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, 2022 CanLII 9 (ON LA) (Kaplan)
- As junior co-counsel, Lisa assisted in attaining normative wage and benefit increases in interest arbitration, despite significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto Transit Commission v. Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, 2020 CanLII 42290 (ON LA) (Goodfellow)
- Faced with a preliminary objection from the employer which required the arbitrator to interpret the language of a prior settlement, Lisa assisted as junior co-counsel in obtaining an award that allowed the Union to proceed with its grievance on the merits.