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Senior Labour Relations Advisor



Job Description




Reporting to the Manager, Labour Relations, this position offers specialized labour relations consulting services to management of operating departments and Human Resources staff, as well as providing hands-on mediation and negotiation support, to ensure effective labour relations at the City of Brampton.

  • Provide specialized labour relations consulting services to client groups (business leaders, managers) and to HR Advisors. Recommend and negotiate settlement initiatives in consultation with management staff in operating departments. Prepare draft language for management proposals and technical reports, and participate in collective bargaining. Work with operating departments to oversee development of contingency plans. Conduct post-mortem analysis and make recommendations to adjust corporate business practices where appropriate.
  • Labour Relations. Coordinate and conduct internal/external mediation. Direct communication and implementation of grievance/arbitration outcomes. Participate in contract negotiations with CUPE, ATU and the Brampton Professional Fire Fighters Association, providing backup for the Chief Spokesperson as required. Provide backup to City Manager’s designate in grievance, mediation and arbitration proceedings as required. Oversee corporate cases at legislative tribunals, advises internal/external counsel in case preparation, presentation, settlement and/or resolution.
  • Research and Documentation. Research and prepare background materials and related documentation for grievances, arbitrations and appearances before tribunals. Coordinate and develop corporate forecasting and bargaining strategy, using survey, external economic and comparator data as appropriate.
  • Interpretation and advice. Advise management staff on the interpretation and administration of employment-related legislation, collective agreements, policies, and procedures, past practice, discipline & termination affecting unionized employees. Provide ongoing collective agreement interpretation/administration and develop letters of understanding. Coordinate and conduct training and implementation of new collective agreements and subjects relating to labour relations.
  • Facilitates Corporate Labour Management Committees as required. Chairs sub-committees as appropriate.


  • University degree or diploma in Industrial/Labour Relations or related equivalent degree
  • 5 - 7 years’ experience with labour relations specialization; public sector experience preferred
  • ADR training and experience an asset 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise significant discretion and sensitivity; and to provide consultative services to diverse customers
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public relations skills
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word and Excel) and knowledge of HRMIS (PeopleSoft preferred).

** Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

TO APPLY: Please apply quoting the file number 102331 by January 17, 2017 at: If you require assistance with the application process, please contact us directly. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview with be contacted. We are dedicated to equal opportunity.

The City is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments.  If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Division of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. 

By applying to this position you are confirming you possess either a Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit

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Posting Date: 17-Jan-2017Human Resources Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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