Under the direction of the Coordinator, Representation Section, the Grievance and Adjudication Officer is responsible for:
- Representing the PSAC and/or members before various boards or administrative tribunals and arbitrators appointed under the collective agreement as well as through mediation or similar processes;
- Providing advice and guidance to Component and PSAC officers in the interpretation and application of federal labour and human rights legislation, or of provincial and territorial labour and human rights legislation and the associated regulations;
- Providing interpretation of the collective agreement, and recommending or drafting changes;
- Providing advice, guidance and assistance in the preparation and presentation of grievances and the gathering of related evidence;
- Analyzing cases unresolved at the final level of the grievance process with a view to proceeding to adjudication or arbitration;
- Researching and preparing grievance cases to be presented at adjudication / arbitration and acts as advocate for the grievor;
- Negotiating grievance settlements with various employers to obviate the need for a formal hearing;
- Reviewing arbitration or adjudication decisions with a view to proceeding to the Federal Court or other judicial bodies on questions of law or jurisdiction;
- Assisting in the preparation of training and development courses, and participating in or conducting grievance and adjudication seminars, workshops or formal courses;
- Preparing articles or bulletins on the subject of grievances and arbitration/adjudication for the information and education of the membership;
- Performing other Branch functions as required.
Education and experience:
- Knowledge and experience in the field of labour relations with progressive responsibility in the application of labour law in the interpreting of collective agreements and legal texts and in making representation before administrative tribunals or courts of law.
- Knowledge of acts and regulations, policies and practices which govern the employer‑employee relationship;
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of key and critical issues related to the Phoenix pay system is considered an asset;
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the practices and principles of the labour movement.
- Ability to research case law, interview witnesses from various backgrounds and impart to others the meaning and effect of the language and construction of statutes, regulations and collective agreements, and to argue cases before administrative tribunals;
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the preparation of various cases in a dynamic and changing work environment that requires critical analytical and logical thinking to provide solutions to problems;
- Ability to innovate and take the initiative in the process of grievance resolution;
- Second language skills as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level indicated above;
- Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision;
- Ability to understand, influence and serve the membership of a union.
- An understanding and commitment to trade union, equity principles and social activism.
A detailed job description is available at: psacunion.ca/jobs-psac.
The PSAC is committed to employment equity and is actively seeking to ensure a representative workforce. We encourage applications from members of equity seeking groups.