Labour Relations Advisor


Toronto, ON

Industry: Trade / Membership Associations


8 - 10 years

Posted 389 days ago

  by    Hoa Tran

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 57, pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines), seeks an experienced Labour Relations Advisor for our Toronto office, located in Etobicoke. Under general supervision and within the limitations of Association policy, the Labour Relations Advisorhandles a variety of labour relations assignments while providing assistance to pilot governing bodies and to individual members on all subjects that affect their employment. S/he provides staff assistance in all phases of negotiating agreements and functions as project manager while coordinating activities during negotiations, which includes ensuring compliance with the Canada Labour Code, researching and analyzing pilot collective bargaining agreements, drafting pilot proposals, and/or assisting in preparation of opening proposals and othercontractlanguage, drafting status reports on negotiations, maintaining communications with all interested parties, and preparing analyses of new agreements and sending summaries to department managers. S/he may act as chief ALPA spokesperson at the bargaining table, participate in direct negotiations and conciliation sessions, and may write and/or review negotiation and pilot leadership communications with the membership. S/he will assist with the contract ratification process and, once an agreement is ratified, will participate in the contract's successful implementation. 

Contract enforcement responsibilities includes answering pilot questions about the collective agreement; advising pilots about possible contract violations; processing disputes to settlement and/or assisting in preparation of disputes to final adjudication including, conducting pilot intake(s), analyzing and drafting grievance(s) and/or appeal(s), interacting directly with Company(ies) in an attempt to resolve disputes, assuming role as ALPA spokesperson in mediation and/or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, drafting grievance submission to arbitration and/or assisting in case preparation for arbitration, and participating in settlement discussion(s) regarding grievances.

 S/he assists with Transport Canada (TC) actions against individual pilots which requires an understanding of the Canadian Air Regulations (CARs), the procedures governing such administrative actions, and the responsibility for and the ability to analyze the subject matter and assist in preparing a case for the affected pilot; provides day-to-day assistance to pilot governing bodies and their committee structures which may involve attending Master Executive Council (MEC) meetings, helping with the development and administration of an MEC's Strategic Plan, and other activities as required. 

S/he actively listens, builds trust, and adapts his/her style and tactics to fit the audience. Travel, significant and, at times, on short notice is required.  

Local, national, and international travel: 50%, sporadically up to 75%. 

Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g., Labour Law or related field, from an accredited college or university is required, or the equivalent combination of education and practical experience. Advanced degree may be substituted for some experience.
  • Ten (10) years of related experience with the Canada Labour Code, Labour Relations Act, and the Trade Unions Act, preferably in aviation; fifteen (15) or more years strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and/or Transport Canada (TC) strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate long-term projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems under time pressure and urgent conditions.
  • Bilingual written and oral communications skills, both English and French, preferred but not required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, senior legal and aviation professionals, and pilots.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Physical Demands: 

Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.  

Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet. Regularly required to maintain a stationary position, move about the office and the local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information.

Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and travel (locally, nationally, and internationally). Also include occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases. 

Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.). While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, boxes, cases, and/or files weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)    


ALPA offers competitive salaries with enhanced benefits, including: 

·       24 days paid vacation and holidays per year;

·       generous sick and bereavement leave;

·       company-paid premiums for family supplemental health care (supplemental medical, dental, prescription, and vision for employee, spouse, and dependent children), life insurance, and long-term disability insurance; and

·       contributions into individual RRSP account with an excellent match after one year of service.  


Relocation not provided.

$90K - $130K