Labour Relations Officer - Calgary

There is a full time vacancy for a Labour Relations Officer in Calgary at the Southern Alberta Regional Office. Interested applicants should express their interest by email to by no later than May 1, 2023.

The Labour Relations Officer classification with the United Nurses of Alberta is the working level union representative employed with a public sector trade union. Reporting to the Manager of Labour Relations, the Labour Relations Officer is responsible for providing a wide range of union service to the locals and members of the union.


While the classification of Labour Relations Officer does not require a university degree, formal post secondary education in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

(a) industrial/labour relations;
(b) nursing,
(c) social sciences [especially economics, political science or law]
(d) management studies.

Demonstrated ability to work as the lead advocate within a range of administrative tribunals such as Grievance/Interest Arbitration, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Alberta Human Rights, Workers Compensation and Professional College Complaints. Skill in grievance handling and effectively dealing with conflict is essential. Experience navigating disability related files such as the duty to accommodate and insurance appeals. Incumbents must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Incumbents must be familiar with Canadian labour law and in particular conversant with the provisions of the relevant Alberta labour legislation. Experience and a desire to mentor others is preferred. Familiarity with the Health Professions Act and other health-care related legislation is an asset.


The incumbent must display tact, maturity, good judgment, and the ability to empathize with people from a variety of backgrounds.

The incumbent must be committed to the principles of trade unionism, and must be familiar with topical issues within the Canadian labour movement.

The incumbent must be prepared to work irregular hours on an occasional basis and to travel throughout Alberta.

The incumbent must possess a valid Alberta driver’s license and have a reliable vehicle.


Under the general direction of and as assigned by the Manager of Labour Relations, Labour Relations Officers provide a full range of union services to assigned Locals and their members.

In particular, the Labour Relations Officer may be assigned any or all of the following:

  • interpret collective agreements to members, locals and Employers;
  • assist locals and members in filing grievances;
  • attend grievance meetings as required at various step in the grievance procedure;
  • participate in the appointment of nominees to arbitration boards;
  • prepare and present the union's case before arbitration boards as assigned;
  • prepare or assist in the preparation of proposals for collective bargaining;
  • participate in the planning and preparation necessary before the commencement of collective bargaining;
  • act as spokesperson on behalf of locals at the bargaining table;
  • participate in the ratification and/or strike meetings as assigned;
  • assist the local executive in the efficient administration of the local;
  • attend meetings of locals and districts as assigned;
  • prepare and present, or assist in the preparation and presentation of briefs to relevant groups where so assigned;
  • co-ordinate or participate in organizing campaigns;
  • contribute to and participate in the organization and delivery of the union’s education program;
  • contribute material for publication in the United Nurses of Alberta publications;
  • contribute to the planning activities of the union by recommending to the Manager of Labour Relations objectives and plans within the assigned area of responsibility;
  • attend assigned committee meeting of the Executive Board Committees as assigned and provide assistance as required;
  • may be required to assist in research, preparation of briefs, reports or other projects as assigned;
  • may perform other duties as assigned.