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Labour Relations Advisor

Calgary AB,Edmonton AB,Regina SK,Saskatoon SK,Winnipeg MB

Job Description:

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is a diverse business operating in the agriculture, food, energy and home and building sectors. Based in Saskatoon, Sask., FCL is owned by independent retail co-operatives from across Western Canada that are committed to local investment, community mindedness and lifetime membership benefits. FCL is involved in wholesaling and manufacturing, including refined fuels and lubricants. It also provides administrative and marketing support to its member-owners. For more information, visit www.fcl.crs.  

The Co-operative Retailing System is a network composed of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and over 180 independent retail co-operatives that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities in Western Canada. From Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario and into the Arctic, retail co-ops serve 1.8 million active members and many more customers at 2,500 locations. FCL centrally supplies and supports these retail co-ops. By working together under the CO-OPĀ® brand, we are all committed to local investment, community mindedness and lifetime membership benefits. For more information, visit www.coopconnection.ca.  

FCL invites applications for the position of Labour Relations Advisor in the Labour Relations department at either our home office in Saskatoon or one of our region offices located in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, or Winnipeg.

The Human Resources team at FCL is a proud and productive business unit providing support to clients at Home Office; our regional offices and sites; and the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC).  We have one of the largest and diverse HR departments in Saskatchewan and are continuing to grow our team as an enabling function to a dynamic and growing business.  To ensure our ongoing success, new positions have been created to enable us to meet the holistic needs of the organization and provide the strategic HR oversight required to continue the evolutionary journey we are on with our people, programs and practices.

Reporting to the Labour Relations Manager, the Labor Relations Advisor is responsible for providing a comprehensive suite of Labour Relations services for FCL and retail co-operatives in Western Canada, the Northwest Territories and in the federal jurisdiction. These services include preparing for, and negotiating approximately 25-40 collective agreements in sections of the CRS covering retail and distribution industries. This position will also be responsible for facilitating labour relations focused learning sessions, providing advice in the areas of employee relations as well as grievance handling and preparing for arbitrations. Provide regular advice to HR Advisors, business leaders and other clients.  Approximate travel 6-8 days per month.


Reporting to the Labour Relations Manager, responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Research, prepare, and negotiate approximately 20 collective bargaining agreements on an annual basis. Understands the history of relationship with retails and document any new information which will be beneficial in future negotiations of collective agreements. Research past case precedents as a resource during the grievance process. Build relationships with the client (Leader or GM) in the CRS to ensure business needs are met.
  • Provides advice in labour and employment relations for investigations, grievances and complaints, discipline, interpretations of collective agreements, legislation and arbitrations. Works with HR Advisory on escalated files.
  • Research and prepare revisions of corporate and retail policies in human resources.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at conferences and teleconferences for the benefit of managers in the organization and retail co-operatives in the area of labour relations and related topics.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have a Bachelor of Commerce, Business Administration or Law, preference given to Human Resources and 5-8 years of HR generalist experience in a unionized work environment, with a primary focus on labour relations which may include employee relations, collective bargaining, and/or the grievance and arbitration process. CPHR designation is an asset.

A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.

Additional Information:

FCL offers a competitive salary, ongoing personal and professional development, and the opportunity to work with one of western Canada's most successful organizations.

You may be required to undergo a background and substance test in accordance with FCL policies.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Mar 26 2019


401 22nd Street East
PO Box 1050
Saskatoon SK S7K 0H2
Human Resources: careers@fcl.crs