Job Posting - Labour Relations Specialist


The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union is seeking a full-time Labour Relations Specialist. COPE Ontario is a grassroots union with multiple workplaces across the province is seeking to hire a Labour Relations Specialist. The Labour Relations Specialist works as their assigned Locals’ main contact for servicing at the members’ workplaces. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in, and an extensive knowledge of unions and labour relations to assist and expand the union’s capacity through bargaining strong collective agreements and representing members in workplaces.


The selected candidate must be able to perform the following duties and other related duties:

  1. Membership Service: The Labour Relations Specialist is a resource person and advisor for members with work- related problems. In this regard, the Labour Relations Specialist shall a) provide assistance and accurate advice with grievances and discipline; b) advise members as to their rights and obligations under relevant legislation and regulations, their Collective Agreement, COPE Ontario constitution and the Local’s By-laws.
  2. Grievances, representation, arbitrations, and other legal matters: The Labour Relations Specialist advises and represents members; investigates, prepares, presents, and represents members in grievances with the assistance of Stewards and Executive officers; and assists with arbitrations, Labour Relations Board (or equivalent) proceedings and makes determinations on the merit and filing of grievances or resolving workplace/policy issues in alternative formats.
  3. Contract Negotiations: The Labour Relations Specialist, in conjunction with the local union, is the Chief spokesperson for sub-local bargaining teams, and is the lead for all tasks associated with contract negotiations, including research, drafting of contract proposals, bargaining, organizing around the bargaining process, conciliation, mediation, and preparation for job action.
  4. Resource to the Local’s Executive: The Labour Relations Specialist is a resource person and advisor to the local Executive and assists it in the carrying out of its duties. The Labour Relations Specialist shall provide support and mentorship of local executives and The Labour Relations Specialist will unless otherwise advised, attend monthly Executive meetings, and shall report to the meeting, as deemed appropriate by the Executive. When requested, the Labour Relations Specialist shall attend membership and sub-local membership meetings, and Local committee meetings. Help organize general membership meetings, steward meetings, joint labour- management meetings, and arrange on-site location unit visits.
  5. External Liaison: The Labour Relations Specialist, in conjunction with the local union, is a liaison between the Local and the Local's Employers and other affiliated groups, including unions, political organizations, associations, students’ unions, etc.
  6. Administration & Training: The Labour Relations Specialist will assist the Local President and other officers, and conduct workshops, presentations, and training as required.
  7. It is understood that the emphasis placed on the tasks in this job description may vary from time to time based on the needs of the Local. Setting of priorities shall be done in consultation with COPE Ontario’s Director.
  8. This job requires the employee to travel to different parts of the province and to work evenings and the occasional weekend as required and agreed to. The workspace is flexible and the office space available is sometimes shared.



Post-secondary education in a relevant field and a minimum of two years of directly related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and directly related work experience in labour relations.

  • Experience with trade unions and social justice organizations is
  • Direct experience in grievances, collective bargaining and other labour relations work including discipline, and membership representation.
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities and meet deadlines while working in a high-pressure work setting as demonstrated through experience in progressively responsible assignments.
  • Excellent relationship management skills, including listening, advocating, negotiating, advising and conflict resolution, and situation-appropriate assertiveness are required.
  • Understanding collective bargaining, workplace dynamics and the value of public services are
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, including the Labour Relations Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ontario Human rights Code, the Pa Equity Act, the Employment Standards Act,
  • An extensive knowledge of trade unionism, benefits of collective
  • A high degree of initiative, tact, good judgment and an ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with others and cope well with stress.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework and the ability to ensure communications and membership outreach are inclusive to the multiple needs of members.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities, initiative, a high degree of accuracy, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Above average oral and written communication skills in the English language
  • French language proficiency, both written and verbal, is an
  • Excellent skills in using Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and
  • Have an Ontario driving license and access to a reliable

COPE Ontario is a diverse, progressive membership-driven collective of Union locals that protects members' rights and empowers them to unite for better workplaces and communities.

Starting date:  Immediately

Salary: Salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the collective agreement between COPE Ontario and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union, Local 1922, District 78.

Qualified applicants should e-mail their resume no later than August 19, 2022 to: [email protected].

COPE Ontario is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity-seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply for this position.

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