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Provincial Organizer (Labour Relations)


Toronto, ON, CANADA

Healthcare Services and Wellness

Vacancy ID#: 2018-11

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Type: Permanent Full-time

Date: January 11, 2018


Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals and 16,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

We are looking for an energetic and outgoing individual to join us. Reporting to the Senior Director, Labour Relations, the Labour Relations Officer (Provincial Organizer) is accountable for providing lead support for recruitment and retention through organizing campaigns and empowering the growth of new ONA members. The successful candidate will be expected to mobilize health-care professionals in order that they can achieve representation at their workplace and in their communities through collective action.  

The successful candidate will think strategically, take initiative and be creative in engaging health-care professionals in campaigns and provide the support needed to be successful.

This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:

    • Lead all aspects of organizing; conduct broad and intensive outreach efforts to workers in the health-care sector.
    • Develop and execute campaign strategies.
    • Implement organizational outreach and organizing plans; assist in development and lead execution of a plan for deepening the engagement of strong supporters.
    • Utilize systems to track and evaluate progress toward our established goals.
    • Identify, develop and mobilize workers within various campaign environments into functional organizing committees to organize workplaces.
    • Lead planning and activities for the organization, including a plan for converting networking followers into supporters who take action in support of our organization and campaigns.
    • Create and lead events and activities turning out supporters to ensure participation from our base.
    • Coordinate member-to-member campaigns to tap into the networks of our supporters including both individual and/or group meetings with workers to discuss, plan and move forward organizing campaigns.
    • Build strong relationships with workers based on their specific job and the challenges they face and act as a resource for explaining and answering questions on the organizing process, their rights and support workers in forming their union.
    • Create and participate in opportunities to expand our reach, meet new potential supporters, and generate new contacts to add to our base.
    • Ensure data is kept current in the organizational database by ensuring new contacts are immediately added, contact records are maintained and results are tracked.
    • Identify new contacts to prioritize for relationship building and leadership development.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of provincial labour laws as they affect union organizing.

    • Negotiate collective agreements and/or service some bargaining units as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What we are looking for:

The successful candidate will possess -

  • A minimum of five (5) years of related work experience.
  • A degree or diploma as a Regulated Health Professional (Registered Nurse is preferred) and/or in Labour/Industrial Relations (or equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to ONA may be considered).
  • The qualified candidate will have demonstrated the ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation and have strong advocacy and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing an organizing drive and solid judgment in responding to inquiries from prospective members.
  • Experience in negotiating collective agreements and/or front-line servicing bargaining unit members is preferred.
  • Excellent client relations, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Candidates should be motivated self-starters with a commitment to building strong unions. 
  • Solid Microsoft Office and database application skills.
  • Ability to effectively mediate and overcome conflict; Alternative Dispute and Conflict Resolution and/or Advanced Mediation and Workplace Conflict Coaching Certification is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) is considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be able to travel, possess a valid driver’s license and have access to an automobile for business use.

If you are seeking an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, visit our website and apply today!

Please submit your resume to by end of day, January 25, 2018. Please include the vacancy ID#2018-11 in the subject line.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Provincial Organizer (Labour Relations), ONTARIO NURSES' ASSOCIATION., Toronto, ON, CANADA