Labour Relations Representative (LRR)

The General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada and the National Maintenance Council for Canada are Union Trades Councils in which thirteen (13) Building and Construction Trade Unions participate. The Committee/Council negoiates and administers multi-trade Collective Agreements covering industrial maintenance work at major facilities across Canada. The Committee/Council is active in seven (7) of the ten (10) provinces and provides Collective Agreements in major resource industries such as oil sands, refining, steel, mining, chemicals, and power generation. The Committee/Council administrative staff provides labour relations services to the participating Unions, Signatory Employers and to Client Representatives. The Committee/Council has a need to increase its staff with the addition of a Labour Relations Representative (LRR) for Western Canada.

Job Summary

The Labour Relations Representative will be responsible for providing guidance on the interpretation and administration of the Collective Agreements and policies in addition to providing support in the negotiation of the Collective Agreements between the Committee/Council. The LRR will maintain a strong relationship with the industry participants and work closely with other team members working towards achieving the strategic direction of the organization.

General Accountabilities

  • Provide assistance and advice to industry participants on the consistent interpretation and application of Collective Agreements
  • Establish and maintain relationships with all Local Union Representatives and Signatory Employer Representatives
  • Prepare and conduct training on assorted LR matters such as Collective Agreement Basics, Grievance Training, History, Structure and Operations of the Committee/Council
  • Preparation of Minutes and Notes from Meetings
  • Prepare written decisions on Grievances held in accordance with the Collective Agreement
  • Improve the current level of engagement amongst the industry participants
  • Participate and support Committee/Council Members during Collective Agreement negotiation
  • Participate and coordinate visits to the various industrial sites
  • Majority of responsibilities will focus on Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • Report directly to the Executive Director

Experience

  • Five (5) to ten (10) years of labour relations experience
    • Relevant experience gained in employment/labour law practice, labour relations, employee relations
    • Previous experience as a Local Union Representative for a Building and Construction Trade Union would be an asset
    • Experience on application and interpretation of Collective Agreements
    • Experience with Collective Bargaining
    • Demonstrated leadership ability
    • Demonstrated communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
    • Demonstrated understanding of the industrial maintenance industry

Skills Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Knowledge of Labour Relations principles
  • Ability to work with limited direction and to function as a team member
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and organize
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with a proven ability to interact effectively at all levels
  • Excellent computer skills including Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • Leverages feedback and coaching to improve performance
  • Deals with pressure and change by staying calm to quickly adapt to changes

Working Conditions

The selected candidate will work from an Alberta home-based office with a regular work week being Monday to Friday. This role will require some travel and overnight stays.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

All applications will remain confidential.

To apply for this position please forward resume to bmckenzie@gpmccanada.com.