Sr. Labour Relations Counsel
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 seeks an experienced Labour Relations Counsel for our Toronto office, located in Mississagua. ALPA represents more than 75,000 pilots at 43 airlines in Canada and the United States. Under minimal direct supervision and within the limitations of Association policy, the Sr. Labour Relations Counsel provides assistance to pilot governing bodies and to individual members on all subjects that affect their employment. They use thorough understanding of applicable laws and comprehensive experience in Association policies and procedures to handle an extensive range of complex labour relations assignments, often on short notice, and function as a labour relations professional.
They handle all dispute resolution matters under the collective agreement; manage actions against individual pilots; prepare summaries of Transport Canada (TC) Accident/Incident hearings; monitor and administer contracts; and, handle all case management functions. They also provide staff assistance in all phases of negotiating agreements and coordinate all activities during negotiations while concurrently maintaining communication with all interested parties. They also have some limited responsibility for administrative assistants and/or paralegals employed in the office. They actively listen, build trust, and adapt their style and tactics to fit the audience. Must be flexible and mobile - sometimes on short notice - based on meeting calendars, projects, and support demands. Infrequently, they may be called upon at any hour to respond to safety-related emergency inquiries.
At times, issues may be time-sensitive and of critical importance to the Association. Working in coordination with other departments and committees, they will be relied upon to make recommendations regarding the strategy and actions that should be taken in each situation.
Travel required: usually 25 – 50%; sporadically 50 – 75%.
ALPA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in a safe workplace. We prohibit discrimination, harassment and harmful behaviour of any kind based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or other protected characteristics, including Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities, as outlined in federal or provincial laws. We highly value everyone and all are encouraged to apply, including minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Legally entitled to work in Canada.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Laws (LLM), or similar advanced degree from an approved school of law required; or, the equivalent combination of education and practical experience.
- Member in good standing of a Provincial Bar.
Fifteen (15) years of related experience in labour law and litigation required, twenty (20) or more years strongly preferred. Aviation and/or labour law experience preferred. At management discretion, significant and in-depth, directly applicable, labour arbitration and/or alternate dispute resolution experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.
- Experience in collective bargaining and grievance arbitration preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff; external contacts; senior legal and aviation professionals; and, pilots.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to organize and coordinate tactics for long-term objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to use independent judgement to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions.
- Knowledge of Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and/or Transport Canada (TC) regulations strongly preferred but not required.
Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate mid- and long-term endeavours.
Experience using online legal research, Westlaw or the equivalent, preferred.
Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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 includes 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 luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)
ALPA offers competitive salaries with enhanced benefits, including:
27 days paid vacation and holidays per year plus 2 volunteer days 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;
Education Assistance Program; and,
Non-elective employer contributions of 13% made to individual RRSP account after 180 days of employment.
Relocation Not Provided.