Labour Relations Manager

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Labour Relations Manager

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 14, 2021
Deadline September 27, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Hydro One Networks Inc
Location Toronto, ON
Category Manager
Client Hydro One
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Date: Sep 13, 2021
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Company: Hydro One Networks Inc
43360 – Toronto – Regular – Ongoing 

Hydro One is proud to be the largest electricity transmission and distribution provider in Ontario, serving nearly  1.4 million customers. We have a long history in the industry with our roots dating back over 110 years to 1906. Since then, we have worked to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers and communities across Ontario. Today, we’re focused on providing exceptional customer service and ensuring we are building safe communities where we live, work and play.

It’s an exciting time to join the team at Hydro One!

Reporting to the Director, Employee & Labour Relations, the Labour Relations (“LR”) Manager assists in the management of Hydro One’s labour relations practices by supporting the successful negotiation and ongoing administration of multiple collective agreements for represented professional, trades, technical, clerical and construction employees in a manner consistent with Hydro One’s labour relations strategy, industry best practices, and legislative requirements.

As a subject matter expert with respect to labour relations, the LR Manager is able to effectively influence others and act as a key advisor within Human Resources and to other business units, providing strategic problem solving and risk analyses. The LR Manager is also able to effectively lead and develop Labour Relations Consultants and work cooperatively with others both within Human Resources, broader Hydro One management, and with external parties.

General Accountabilities:

  • Manage and develop Labour Relations Consultants (“LRCs”).
  • Participate in the development, recommendation, review and update of labour relations strategies, policies, and programs.
  • Represent management in internal grievance proceedings (Step 2 meetings, mediations and arbitrations) as well as external proceedings (e.g. Ontario Labour Relations Board hearings).
  • Participate in collective agreement negotiations with Hydro One’s unions as a member of management’s bargaining team.
  • Assess risk associated with business initiatives, from a variety of perspectives including collective agreement, union-management relationships, reputational, and labour relations strategy.
  • Provide analysis, education and recommendations for managerial decision making on labour relations-related matters, which may include training and/or tool development.

Selection Criteria

Essential Knowledge:

  • CHRP, CHRL, MIR, and/or JD/LLB designation, or equivalent education and experience required.
  • Knowledge of best labour relations practices and the legal frameworks relating to employment in Ontario (relevant case law and legislation e.g. Employment Standards Act, 2000, Labour Relations Act, 1995, Human Rights Code, and Occupational Health and Safety Act) required.
  • Requires a strong knowledge of human relations to negotiate effectively with the unions and management.
  • Requires a strong knowledge of English to effectively communicate, concisely articulate opinions, and make practical recommendations both in writing and in oral presentations.


  • Experience managing grievances on behalf of management and participating in external disputes such as Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) processes is required.
  • Experience advising others on the interpretation and application of collective agreements is required.
  • Experience with Building Trades Unions/Construction Labour Relations would be an asset.
  • Experience representing management at collective bargaining negotiations would be an asset.
  • Experience in the supervision and management of teams would be an asset.
  • A period of 5+ years’ in labour relations / human resources is considered necessary to gain this experience.

Demonstrated Management Skills:

  • Leadership and development – ability to lead teams, taking action to foster learning and development of direct reports.
  • Influence and impact – ability to influence, persuade, and convince others, including with multiple stakeholder groups with divergent interests.
  • Strategic business thinking – ability to apply labour relations knowledge and experience to advise on management decisions in order to achieve business objectives while managing risks (escalating as required).
  • Building business relationships – ability to develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with union representatives to support corporate objectives.
  • Analytical ability – strong problem solving, analytical and decision making skills.
  • Prioritization – excellent time-management skills to manage multiple tasks with varying priority levels.

At Hydro One we understand that the success and strength of our business rests with our people. When we develop their skills, we are investing in both their success and ours. To secure the best talent, we seek to create a workforce that reflects the diverse populations of the communities where we live and work and to create a culture based on safety, innovation and inclusiveness.

We are honoured to be recognized by Forbes in its list of Canada’s Best Employers for 2021.

Thank you for considering a career with Hydro One, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. If you are having difficulty using our online application system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email [email protected] Hydro One will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process.

Please note this email is only for accommodation requests. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered.

Deadline: September 27 2021

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