UFCW 1518 is proud to fight for fairness for its 22,000 members in the community health, retail and industrial sectors. We work with BC’s labour community and a network of groups dedicated to fight for workplace justice, increased wages, and better working conditions for all working people.
We are looking to fill two full time positions as union representatives, located in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. UFCW 1518 union representatives work on the front lines to provide fair representation and support to members of the union in defense of their rights arising from the collective agreement and through the collective bargaining process. Our union representatives engage members, stewards and activists in the union’s work of defending and promoting the rights of workers. They also participate in organizing, member education and other activities that are essential to the strength and growth of the union.
Member representation including: unit visits; developing relationships with members at work and in the community; establishing effective labour relations with management; and, advocacy on behalf of members in various areas including grievance management, collective bargaining, health & safety, human rights, political action and duty to accommodate.
Grievance Handling including: researching; arguing and presenting Stage II & III grievances; arbitrations and Labour Board hearings; and, other labour relations duties.
Collective Bargaining and negotiation including: participating in the union’s strategic bargaining discussions as needed; acting as a spokesperson in negotiations; working with member bargaining committees to research; and, develop bargaining proposals; interpreting, administering and enforcing collective agreements.
Member Engagement, including: mentorship and training of stewards; recruiting and engaging members for union training; and, other activities.
Organizing including: establishing contacts with unorganized workplaces; and, campaign for certification by canvassing workers about union membership.
Database reporting and accountability of work activities through member database and other processes.
Accommodations and WCB including: researching and advancing accommodations and WCB appeals as needed.
Joint Committees in the workplace including: ensuring compliance and recruiting and training members to participate on these committees.
Projects and Committees established for contract implementation or other purposes.
Qualifications and other Requirements:
Candidates will have:
- Extensive knowledge and experience in union-side labour relations.
- Five years experience as a union representative.
- University degree or certification in labour studies or a related field.
- Combination of relevant education and work experience may be considered.
- Proven track record at the bargaining table, and ability to immediately assume the duties of a union representative.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of labour legislation and processes; demonstrated ability to research knowledge bases and case law, including
- The BC Labour Relations Act
- Occupational Health and Safety Act
- The Employment Standards Act
- Related statutes and case law
- Knowledge, experience and commitment to the trade union movement and familiarity with the issues and challenges unions face in the current political climate.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills that can assist in achieving settlements, both formal and informal.
- Ability to work effectively with people at all levels within the union, employer groups, and other organizations.
- Superior leadership skills with proven ability to inspire, engage, direct, and mentor, earning the trust, confidence and respect of both members and employers.
- Advanced skills in creative problem solving, risk assessment and critical thinking as well as the ability to work and act independently with little supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to listen and respond in a decisive, positive and proactive way to the issues and concerns of a diverse group of individuals (i.e. well developed interpersonal skills that reflect accountability, foster openness and build trust).
- Ability to speak publicly in front of a range of audiences and communicate effectively with both friendly and hostile groups
- Excellent office computer skills, including fluency with common software applications such as Microsoft Office suite; internet and intranet searches; saving and uploading of documents. Knowledge of UnionWare a plus.
- Ability to travel throughout BC and Canada and work weekends as required.
- BC driver’s license and ability to drive a vehicle for work.
- In addition to knowledge and proficiency in English, fluency in a second language is a desirable asset
Position is located in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the UFCW 1518/USW2009 collective agreement.