Labour Relations Consultant
Reporting to the Director, Stakeholder Management & Strategic Planning, the Labour Relations Consultant will play a key role in providing consultation, interpretation and direct Labour Relations support to Exhibition Place management staff. In this position, the LR Consultant will lead research and analysis in providing expertise on collective agreement advice to managers.
- Provides advice and guidance relative to employee and labour relations matters, the administration, interpretation and application of various collective agreements and the handling of complaints/disputes and/or grievances for both union and excluded staff
- Works together with management staff to identify and resolve problems and establish processes and procedures in a cooperative and collaborative manner
- Performs thorough and effective complaint and grievance investigations, on policy and individual matters, by conducting interviews and obtaining such documentation and other relevant data as may be required
- Conducts grievance meetings with unions, explores settlement options, and prepares minutes of settlement and grievance responses
- Assists legal counsel with the preparation and presentation of matters at arbitration, and before the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board
- Acts as a spokesperson on, or participates in, various committees flowing from the collective agreements
- Works in partnership with the unions to resolve problems and develop cooperative collaborative workplace practices through the labour management process
- Investigates issues/concerns, both policy and individual, raised by the various unions and management, and prepares summaries, recommendations and responses
- Coordinates and conducts mediation sessions with various unions, and works with divisions and unions to determine agenda items
- Provides support in preparing for, and shall participate in, collective bargaining
- May be required to coordinate information gathering, develop comparison library and monitor settlement trends, survey comparable organizations and summarize terms and conditions of employment, and liaise with Finance, Human Resources, Legal and others to secure necessary information
- Assist in the preparation and analysis of cost and benefit data for management and union proposals, and with drafting collective agreement language
- Review and analyze trends in labour and employee relations and other related legislative areas, including, but not limited to, new developments in employment, employee rights, human rights, ESA and labour relations legislation, arbitration and applicable court decisions and settlement patterns
- Prepares regular quarterly summaries and reports for the senior management team and the Board of Governors on the progress of grievance matters
- Considerable experience in labour relations functions in a major unionized public or private sector organization related to Labour/Employee Relations.
- Proven consultation skills at all levels within the organization and demonstrated ability to contract with clients.
- Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, negotiation and human relations skills.
- Ability to maintain accurate and detailed documentation and records, both electronically and in hard copy.
- Ability to exercise discretion and judgement, and work independently and as a team lead or team member.
- Ability to identify needs, and initiate, coordinate and manage projects.
- Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
- A thorough knowledge of employment and related legislation (e.g., Ontario Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers Safety and Insurance Act, Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act), equity principles, contractual obligations and sound human resource practices.
- Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with staff at all levels within the Employee and Labour Relations unit and HR , divisions, Legal and union officials.
- University degree in Human Resources Management, Industrial/Labour Relations CHRP designation, MIR or JD/LLB will be considered an asset.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
Exhibition Place is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.
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We thank all applicants, however, only the selected candidates will be contacted