Sr. Employee & Labour Relations Specialist

Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation - Hamilton, ON (4 months ago)

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Job Number: 80862
Job: Administrative/Service
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: 100 King St. West
Status: Regular Full-time
Hours per week: 37.5
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: Non Union Employees
Minimum Salary: 43.1100 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 55.2700
Post Date: May 6, 2020, 12:08:00 PM
Close Date (Period for Applying) - External: Ongoing

Unit Summary

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is an academic health sciences centre, a family of seven hospitals, a cancer centre and an urgent care centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and south central Ontario. Advancing healthcare through academics and research is enabled through HHS‘ affiliations with McMaster University and Mohawk College. What makes HHS exceptional is the remarkable people who work at our hospitals and commit themselves to providing the best care for all. HHS employs approximately 13,000 people who share our values of respect, caring, innovation and accountability. HHS staff, physicians and volunteers are proud to work at HHS and of their contribution to the excellent care received by patients and families in one of Ontario’s largest and most complex health systems.
The Employee & Labour Relations and Human Rights team, as part of the Human Resources portfolio, is the primary source of subject matter expertise regarding employee, labour and human rights matters for HHS and its expansive and diverse population. The team provides a highly effective continuum of human resources services from a varied, high performing HR professional comprised of Labour Relations Specialists and Diversity & Inclusion Specialists.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, HR Employee Labour Relations and Human Rights , the Sr. Employee Labour Relations (ELR) Specialist supports the development, implementation and evaluation of effective labour relations strategies and provides expert evidence-based advice to the HR Business Partners on labour relations matters. The Sr. ELR Specialist maintains a union-specific portfolio and a program specific portfolio and acts as subject matter expert through coaching, mentoring and training that supports and reinforces a strategic HR delivery model.

Specific Accountabilities

Research, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Partners with leaders at all levels as required to develop strategies to build and foster positive relationships with our Union partners to assist in furthering organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates labour/employee relation strategies to address resourcing budget strategies related to reorganization, staffing model restructure, scheduling and redeployment of staff.
  • Engages in creative problem-solving to develop effective implementation and execution strategies for operational initiatives, as well as specific challenges originating within the business.
Collective Bargaining
  • Leads the bargaining process to support the collective bargaining and successful negotiations of existing collective agreements and the development of new agreements with union groups introduced into the organization.
  • Develops strategies related to collective bargaining and works with the bargaining team to create solid arguments to achieve outcomes in established corporate mandates.
  • Reviews and analyzes proposals, counter proposals and contractual agreements for their impact on the Hospital.
  • Analyzes trends and best practices concerning wages, fringe benefits, scheduling and working conditions for use in preparing proposals and in conducting discussions with the negotiating team and at the bargaining table.
  • As a steward of the union-management labour relationship, the Sr. ELR Specialist works proactively with Management and Union representatives to develop solutions to workplace issues and grievances.
  • Develops Minutes of Settlement/ Letters of Understanding, as required to resolve issues and promote collaborative labour relations.
  • Acts as Mediator at Second Step Grievance Meeting proceedings with the goal to negotiate settlements to grievances between the Hospital and the Union.
  • Acts as the Hospital representative in formal proceedings including Mediation, Arbitration, Human Rights Tribunal, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).
Coaching/Mentoring/Advising HRBPs
  • Provides advice and guidance related to collective agreement interpretations, policies, chemical dependency issues and a broad range of employee and labour relations issues, based on evidence based legal research and arbitral jurisprudence.
  • Uses coaching and mentoring techniques to support the HR Business Partner team in achieving specific technical and professional goals.
  • Builds trusting relationships and supports HRBP staff in decision making to assist in the development of a high functioning business partner model.
  • Establishes learning and personal development partnerships with the HRBP team to enhance and expand knowledge and expertise in order to support the growth and development of the HRBP role.
Development and Delivery of Comprehensive Educational Programs
  • Develops, implements and evaluates fulsome Employee/Labour Relations educational programs through a variety of mediums
  • Creation and maintenance of collective agreement interpretation manuals to ensure consistent application of collective agreements across the organization
  • Researches, develops and delivers presentations to key stakeholders within the organization to maintain consistency and build trusting relationships with Union partners.
Schedule Work Hours

Monday to Friday; days


1. Undergraduate degree in Labour Relations, Industrial Relations, Business or equivalent related experience,
2. Master’s degree in Labour Relations or Industrial Relations consider an asset.
3. Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) is an asset
4. Minimum five (5) to seven (7) years of experience as a labour relations specialist in a highly unionized environment.
5. Minimum five (5) years of experience in acute care and teaching healthcare or other related environments—primary focus in healthcare is considered an asset.
6. Two (2) to three (3) years experience in coaching and mentoring through progressive leadership.
7. Strong mediation skills attained from a combination of practical and academic experiences.
8. Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of the environment and ability to understand complex concepts.
9. Proven negotiation skills and previous experience at a local hospital negotiations would be considered an asset.
10. Demonstrated ability to train, coach and mentor using methods appropriate for adult learners.
11. A strong working knowledge of MS Office, Internet, email and HRIS applications is required.
12. Excellent client service skills with proven experience in building and maintaining relationships and ensuring service standards are met; Possess the ability to gain credibility and be viewed as a subject matter expert (SME) in labour relations.
13. Expert-level knowledge and experience working with relevant legislation including Employment Standards Act (ESA), Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRB), Ontario Human Rights Code (ONHRC), Pay Equity Act (PEA), Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act (PSLRTA), Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act (HLDAA), Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&SA).
14. Knowledge of Hospital Central Agreements (ONA, CUPE), considered a strong asset.
15. Experienced project management and organizational skills and an ability to work efficiently and multi-task in a high volume, results-oriented environment.
16. Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, mature judgment, and ability to take action and display initiative.
17. Demonstrated communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to build relationships and influence change.
18. Ability to develop partnerships and achieve results through others using motivation principles and negotiation skills.
19. Exhibits high level of integrity and trust.

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Services at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:
Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement
Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement
Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement
Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement
Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement