Labour Relations Manager Job in Canada

Labour Relations Manager Job in Canada


Job title: Labour Relations Manager

Company: Seaspan

Expected salary:

Location: North Vancouver, BC

Labour Relations Manager Job Details:

The Labour Relations Manager provides expertise in the direction, coordination, implementation and administration of dynamic labour and employee relation strategies and supplies for the development and implementation of standard processes.

This role primarily supports Seaspan’s Marine Transportation division, working closely with team members and stakeholders in achieving the strategic direction of the department by guiding grievance resolution, contract administration, policy development and HR reporting.

Additionally, the role is responsible for claims management and supports Wellness and Operations in accommodating employee issues.

Note: This position qualifies for an optional hybrid work schedule after 90 days of onsite work and onboarding. Employee will be subject to the terms of the Flexible Work Policy Agreement.

What you’ll do

  • Participate in the formulation of senior management’s position on a variety of labour relations and employee relations issues and collective bargaining.
  • Responsible for the administration of labour relations and employee relations for respective business units.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and support to all levels of management on labour relations and employees related matters including contract interpretation, employment terms and conditions, attendance management, performance management, disciplinary process, and grievances.
  • Represents the Company in labour relations matters, including Chief Spokesperson at negotiations, mediation, grievances, tribunals and arbitrations.
  • Investigate a variety of employee-based issues, incidents and coordinates with legal counsel when required.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations and employment laws by reviewing legal regulatory and policy developments affecting areas of labour and employment.
  • Conduct research for collective bargaining and assist with communication strategies.
  • Assist with collective bargaining and labour relations issues in other business units.
  • Support continuous improvement through such activities as examining administrative processes and recommending appropriate changes, exploring opportunities for automation, and gaining consensus from stakeholders to minimize effort on low-gain activities, and align availability of resources for endeavours that make valuable contributions to the organization.
  • Support Managers by creating roadmaps, tools, procedures, etc. and ensures accessibility of information to cultivate front-line people leadership skills and reinforce the advocacy role of the Labour Relations department.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with union business agents through regular communication, professional correspondence and a solution-based approach to problem solving.

What you’ll bring

  • Degree in relevant field (Business or Human Resources preferred) with focus on Labour Relations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5-7 years of dynamically senior labour relations experience gained in a sizable and sophisticated unionized multi-jurisdictional profit orientated organization.
  • Senior level responsibility for contract development and implementation of collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration, mediation, and contract administration.
  • Experience as a spokesperson at collective bargaining.
  • Understanding of Federal and Provincial labour legislation, regulatory requirements, employment standards and arbitral jurisprudence
  • Interpersonal and communication skills with considerable ability to interact effectively at all levels and gain the confidence and respect of both line management and union officials and members.
  • Capacity for innovative and proactive dispute resolution and problem solving.
  • Ability to build and maintain employee-employer relationships in a unionized environment.
  • Collective bargaining and negotiations skills.
  • Ability to perform successfully in a fast-paced culture experiencing very rapid change and contending with considerable resistance.
  • Proficient digital literacy including Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and organize.
  • Ability to work with limited direction and to function as a team member.

Why you’ll love working here

  • This is a full-time, permanent position. With multiple operations and long-term projects, Seaspan Employees enjoy job stability as we look decades ahead to build and repair ships and growing support for the marine transportation sector.
  • In addition to an annual bonus and pension plan matching, this role provides you a very competitive salary in line with the successful Candidate’s experience.
  • We also provide a best-in-class health and wellness benefits package for this position, including such things as full health care (e.g., unlimited physiotherapy), dental, vision, life insurance, medical leave coverage, parental leave coverage, childcare benefit partnership, wellness/fitness reimbursement for memberships or registration fees, and an Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • This position qualifies for an optional hybrid work schedule.
  • Free on-site gym at Pemberton, North Vancouver campus
  • Parking is included and to assist those that are using transit, we operate a complimentary shuttle bus Monday through Friday with various pick up and drop off points around North Vancouver. #LI-PI1 #LI-HYBRID

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