Sr E & L Relations Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Hamilton, ON
Job Number: 77129
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: 42.3700 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 54.3200
Post Date: Jun 25, 2019, 4:00:00 AM
Close Date (Period for Applying) - External: Ongoing

Unit Summary

Human Resources is dedicated to cultivating the optimal environment and culture to achieve organizational goals. This is achieved through the highest quality of HR service, delivered to maximize the potential and contribution of our greatest asset – our people. Our vision is to inspire HR excellence and enable optimal organization performance making it possible for exceptional people to achieve exceptional results.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of HR Operations and Labour Relations, the Senior Employee & Labour Relations 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 Senior Employee & Labour Relations Specialist will maintain a union-specific portfolio (for unionized groups) and a program specific portfolio (for non-union staff) and will act as subject matter expert and engage in coaching, mentoring and training that supports and reinforces a strategic HR delivery model.

In addition, the Senior Employee & Labour Relations Specialist will:
Provide expert advice on both union and non-union issues including the coordination of non-union terminations and oversight on severances related to a common law analysis.
Manage and promote positive, interest based union relationships on behalf of the Hospital
Chair Labour Management Committees and lead negotiations with respective unions
Develop and execute employee and labour relations strategies to support and further the interests of the Hospital
Engage in creative problem-solving to develop effective strategies and solutions in support of operational initiatives and challenges that adhere to collective agreement and statute
Develop, deliver and evaluate comprehensive education and development programs to stakeholders within the organization
Represent the Hospital with counsel in external litigation including arbitration, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, OLRB or PEA proceedings

Schedule Work Hours

Monday to Friday; days


1. Undergraduate degree in Labour Relations, Industrial Relations, Business or equivalent related experience, Master’s is an asset.
2. Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) is an asset
3. Minimum 5 – 7 years of experience as a labour relations specialist, in a highly unionized environment.
4. Minimum 5 years of experience in acute care and teaching healthcare or other related environments where healthcare was a primary focus is considered an asset.
5. Strong mediation skills attained from a combination of practical and academic experiences.
6. Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of the environment and ability to understand complex concepts.
7. Proven negotiation skills and previous experience at a local hospital negotiations would be considered an asset.
8. Demonstrated ability to train, coach and mentor using methods appropriate for adult learners.
9. A strong working knowledge of MS Office, Internet, email and HRIS applications is required.
10. 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.
11. 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).
12. Knowledge of Hospital Central Agreements (ONA, CUPE), considered a strong asset.
13. Experienced project management and organizational skills and an ability to work efficiently and multi-task in a high volume, results-oriented environment.
14. Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, mature judgment, and ability to take action and display initiative.
15. Demonstrated communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to build relationships and influence change
16. Ability to develop partnerships and achieve results through others using motivation principles and negotiation skills

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