The 132 lawyers and notaries employed by the City of Montreal are threatening to walk off the job May 5th, unless they are given wage parity with counterparts at the provincial level.
Any strike would could delay thousands of cases ranging from simple parking infractions to more serious criminal and civil matters.
it could also affecting the working of city hall, because they also provide legal guidance to elected and administration officials in legislative affairs.
The lawyers and notaries have been working without a collective agreement for two years.
They say their average salary is currently $104,000 after 15 years service compared to $102,000 for Quebec government lawyers and notaries, but most of the provincial government workers are also given a more than $15,000 premium after only two years.
Their association says their are also disagreements over issues including staffing, seniority and overtime pay.