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Our client is looking an individual that demonstrates sound judgment and decision making. The  Labour Relations Specialist is responsible for providing expert consultation and advice on all matters related to Labour Relations: including the grievance and arbitration procedures, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, contract administration and interpretation, and association/management relations. Joining our clients team, full time, in Edmonton AB this is a great opportunity to work with a global corporation. If you feel you could excel in this position, please apply below. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Consults and provides advice on the administration and interpretation of policies, procedures and multiple collective agreements to ensure compliance with the negotiated terms and conditions, legislation and corporate policies to all levels of management within the organization including HR practitioners
  • Contributes to the establishment, implementation and evaluation of Human Resources and Labour Relations policies, procedures, systems, programs and strategie 
  • Participate in the collective bargaining process including: the research and development of bargaining proposals, contract negotiations and assists with the execution and implementation of post bargaining activities
  • Participates in and supports Labour Relations and Human Resources projects and initiatives as required
  • Tracks and analyzes labour relations activities and statistics, prepares reports for corporate consideration, and recommends best practices based on statistical information
  •  Establishes strategy and executes all aspects of grievance, arbitration and human rights proceedings and legal case management as it pertains to the Labour Relations function
  •  Evaluates grievances to advise management and HR practitioners on the process, risks and recommended course(s) of action
  • Prepares management for, acts as the meeting chairperson and debriefs grievance meetings
  •  Works closely with legal counsel on preparing for arbitration which includes compiling, analyzing and summarizing grievance documentation for legal review and presentation
  • Provides advice and consultation to HR practitioners and management on employee and labour/employee relations, dispute resolution, discipline, terminations and performance management.
  • Engages with the Canadian Energy Workers Association (CEWA) to proactively manage, investigate and address concerns regarding the administration and application of the collective agreement.
  • Develops, delivers and revises labour/employee relations training and consulting to HR professionals, managers and other supervisory personnel regarding labour relations practices; including performance management, dispute resolution mechanisms, terminations, discipline, grievances, etc.
Candidate Qualifications 
  • A degree in Business Commerce, Human Resources, or Labour Relations related discipline; a Degree in law would be considered an asset
  •  A Labour Relations Professional Certification and a Chartered Professional in Human Resource designation is preferred
  •  Minimum eight years of progressive experience in a professional human resources role and a track record of success as a Labour Relations Specialist
  • Experience dealing with Union, Association and employer contracts
  • Experience working through bargaining and negotiation processes, grievances, arbitration preparation and presentation
  • Experience with collective agreement interpretation, employee relations issues, human rights, and performance management and labour practices
  • Ability to engage, manage difficult conversations and influence outcomes while maintaining strong trusting relationships
  • Ability to role-model collaborative leadership skills and work effectively in a dynamic environment while managing multiple client demands and priorities
  • Strong business acumen and solid understanding of employment standards and compensation
  • Sound problem solving, decision-making, and project management skills and experience
  • Industrial or Utility industry experience in a large size organization as well as working in a multi-agreement or multi-union environment would be considered an asset
  • Ability to engage and influence outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including, written, verbal and presentation.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and decision making.
  • Ability to travel as required

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