Manager Labour Relations Alberta
Calgary, AB, CA
14d ago

Job Category : HR Employee & Labour Relations

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A proudly Canadian retail company, Sobeys began in 1907 as a small meat delivery business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Today, Sobeys Inc.

serves the food shopping needs of Canadians with approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as in-

store pharmacies, liquor and more than 350 retail fuel locations.

Together with our 125,000 employees and franchise affiliates and a collective passion for delivering exceptional food and shopping experiences, Sobeys’ purpose is to improve the lives of Canadians by helping them Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. .

All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.


We are currently looking for a Manager Labour Relations to negotite and administer smaller collective agreements within the areas of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Job Description

As a Manager Labour Relations you will be responsible for the negotiation and administration of smaller Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) within an area of responsibility and supports the Director’s assistant during larger sets of negotiations.

Some of the key things you’ll be responsible for in this role will include :

Negotiations :

  • Leads the negotiations team and acts as principal negotiator during certain sets of negotiations under his / her responsibility.
  • Determines negotiations approach to align with the Company’s strategic direction.
  • Fully understands the competitive landscape and uses the data to prepare for and negotiate CBAs .
  • Understands and works toward maximum bargaining mandate on all major terms for each set of negotiations prior to entering into negotiations with a union.
  • Maintains negotiating notes and file as required.
  • Updates the Director of Labour Relations on progress and takes direction as required.
  • Administration of CBAs, grievances and arbitrations :

  • Ensures proper administration of CBAs.
  • Follows processes on maintaining files on all original labour contracts and notes taken during negotiations, grievances and Arbitration hearings.
  • Provides prompt, firm and accurate counsel to other Leaders who contact the LR department for guidance or assistance.
  • Ensures that grievances are promptly and properly processed to avoid or minimize liability to the Company.
  • Prepares for and represents the Company at Arbitration hearings.
  • Works with HR and Operations on the resolution of grievances as requested.
  • Incident Management :

  • Reviews all incident reports and provides recommendations on discipline to operators ensuring that discipline is correctly and consistently administered.
  • Strikes and lock-outs

  • Works with the Director of Labour Relations, HR, Operations to execute strike and lock-out plans as required.
  • Labour Database :

  • Maintains a database of all internal and external (competitor) CBAs.
  • Maintains wage and other comparisons for all direct competitors for each collective agreement.
  • Maintains detailed clause by clause comparison of collective agreements.
  • Key Capabilities :

  • Ability to negotiate, draft, and administer labour contracts.
  • Proficiency in concise and persuasive oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work with a variety of personnel including; union leadership, outside attorneys, and government agencies
  • Ability to understand, work with and analyze financial data, empirical data and various reports.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task to achieve results while meeting stated deadlines.
  • Ability to work closely with leadership to execute negotiations strategies.
  • Ability to train / counsel local leadership in prevention and resolution of labour relations issues
  • Must be highly detail oriented with an ability to lead a negotiating team
  • Position Requirements :

  • Excellent computer and internet skills
  • Post secondary degree in business, HR or Labour Relations,
  • Minimum three years experience of leading negotiations teams
  • Experience resolving labour grievances and representing the organization during arbitration hearings
  • Able to work as a team member during work stoppages including strikes and lock-outs
  • Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.

    While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

    We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.

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