Labour Relations Manager

Canadian National Railway based in Edmonton, ALBERTA, Canada is inviting applications from suitable applicants for the position of Labour Relations Manager who are self-motivated and have good interpersonal skills.CN is a global transportation innovator and trade enabler. Every year, CN transports more than 300 million tonnes of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America, which is critical to the economy, customers, and communities it serves. Every day at CN brings new and exciting challenges.

You can expect an interesting environment where you will be a part of ensuring that our business runs optimally and safely, thereby helping to keep the economy on track. We offer the kind of paid training and opportunities that are the foundation of long-term careers, and we reward hard workers who strive to make a difference. Working as ONE TEAM, you will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture. Our careers are meaningful because the work we do is important. The candidate who got selected will be required to start work as soon as possible. The vacancies refer to Permanent employment or Full time job.

Employer Name: Canadian National Railway
Position: Labour Relations Manager
No. of vacancies: 5
Salary: $111,832-$121,063/ yearly
Employment type: Permanent employment, Full time
Location: Edmonton, ALBERTA, Canada

Job Summary

  • The Labour Relations Manager is in charge of working with leaders to identify and prepare arguments to defend the company’s stance on Labor Relations (LR) issues.
  • The Labour Relations Manager is responsible for maintaining and fostering strong working relationships with union representatives, colleagues, and clients in order to promote a cooperative and effective LR climate.
  • We have a Work From Home Policy for this role and expect the chosen candidate to work three days per week in the office and two days per week from home.

Job Description

  • The candidate will be expected to act as a partner to leaders by providing knowledge of how to properly handle LR issues and providing resolution advice.
  • The candidate will be expected to interpret collective bargaining clauses and apply them tactfully to ensure effective and informed decision-making.
  • The candidate will be expected to work with the business to identify and prepare arguments to defend the company’s LR position.
  • The candidate will be expected to assist line management in grievance handling and administration of collective agreements as well as all other corporate policies applicable to unionised employees, with a particular emphasis on outreach and education with CN first line supervisors.
  • Before proceeding to arbitration, the candidate will be required to hold meetings with union representatives to resolve grievances.
  • The candidate must prepare and present grievances at arbitration.
  • The candidate will be expected to plan and deliver training on a variety of LR topics, including collective agreement interpretation and application, the Canada Labour Code, attendance, discipline, and effective conflict resolution.
  • The candidate will be expected to manage people in order to drive and influence change efforts and to create opportunities for others to participate in change management.
  • The candidate will be expected to create synergies between teams in order to improve performance and to prioritise team over self-interest.
  • The candidate will be expected to develop and align the organisation around an inspiring functional vision, deliver messages with impact, and engage people so they can do their best work, all while ensuring that complex information is understood by various audiences.
  • The candidate will be expected to provide resources that are aligned with the employee’s career interests through projects and development opportunities.
  • The candidate will be expected to advise management on union-management relations issues such as contract negotiations.
  • The candidate will be expected to create and revise union contracts.
  • The candidate will be responsible for resolving employee issues and handling complaints in order to protect the general public’s interests.
  • The candidate must preparing paperwork for labour relations assignments

Job Requirements

  • The candidate should be fluent in English or French language.
  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Labour Relations or an equivalent qualification, or a Master’s Degree in Labour Relations.
  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum 5 years of labour relations experience in interpreting and applying collective agreements and relevant federal employment legislation, in the federal sector and Transportation sector, in managing a grievance process, including preparation of material for arbitration, in preparing and presenting LR positions and arguments during union and management meetings, at arbitration, and at the bargaining table and in assessing and analyzing operational issues and making impactful recommendations
  • The candidate should have excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • The candidate should have strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • The candidate should be organized and flexible in nature.
  • The candidate should give importance to values and ethics.
  • The candidate should have excellent oral and written communication.
  • The candidate should be punctual.
  • The candidate should be a good team player with enough interpersonal and judge-mental skills.
  • The candidate must be able to take the initiative and solve problems quickly and efficiently.
  • The candidate should be accountable.
  • The candidate should be reliable.
  • The candidate should have excellent customer service skills.
  • The candidate should have leadership skills to take control of a situation and make quick decisions when necessary
  • The candidate must be able to work with sensitive information.
  • The candidate would be in charge of handling confidential information.
  • The candidate should have a thorough Criminal record check.
  • The candidate should be bondable and easily communicate
  • The candidate should be energetic with a positive attitude
  • The candidate should be good listener
  • The candidate should have a thorough understanding of labour laws.
  • The candidate should have strong negotiation & influencing skills.


  • The candidate will be expected to collaborate with key internal stakeholders in order to increase productivity.
  • The candidate must be able to deal with pressure and change while remaining calm in order to quickly adapt to changes.
  • The candidate will be expected to inspire others through effective communication and to adapt to the audience.
  • To get things done effectively, the candidate will need to share timely information within and across functions.
  • The candidate will be expected to use analytical thinking to make recommendations that promote long-term performance.
  • The candidate will be expected to make informed and timely decisions in order to complete tasks.
  • The candidate will be expected to drive organisational changes in order to facilitate business transformation.
  • The candidate will be expected to Influence by translating expertise into practical business outcomes.
  • The candidate will be expected to improve performance by utilising feedback and coaching.

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • The candidate should be familiar with the principles of LR.
  • The candidate should be able to analyse complex information and ask probing questions in order to formulate substantive recommendations or make decisions that take a long-term perspective.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities

  • The candidate should be able to work in fast-paced busy environment.
  • The candidate should be willing to work under pressure.
  • The candidate should be required to perform repetitive tasks on frequent basis.
  • The candidate should have an eye for details.
  • The candidate should ready to work overtime if needed.
  • The candidate must be able to work in an office setting with a regular workweek of Monday through Friday.
  • We anticipate that the incumbent will spend approximately three days per week in the office, with the ability to work from home two days per week.
  • The candidate must finished the work with in the given time line.
  • If the candidate’s work location is outside of Surrey, BC, the role may necessitate regular monthly travel (25 to 50 percent).

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