Two full time union representatives (member advocacy) - UFCW 1519

Two Full time Union Representatives – Member Advocacy (Vancouver Lower Mainland)

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 working in member advocacy, located in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.

Advocacy for our members at times of injury and disability in their work lives, is an important priority for UFCW 1518. Equally important to our union is engaging members directly in their workplace injury (WCB and appeals) and accommodation due to disability claims (DTA).

We currently provide DTA claims support for members in-house and are moving to bring our WCB and appeals work back in-house—with a new advocacy approach that empowers members by directly involving them in their claim.

As a UFCW 1518 union representative, you may be involved in one or both of these advocacy roles. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills and experience in WCB appeals and in all aspects of the Duty to Accommodate process, however, we are interested in your application if you have one of these area of proven experience and are a passionate worker advocate. 

You bring previous experience working on the front lines to provide fair representation and support to union members in defense of their rights arising from the collective agreement and through the collective bargaining process. You will be passionate about engaging members to be active participants in the union’s work of defending and promoting the rights of all workers.

Key Responsibilities

WCB – appeals: You will start by working with external counsel to bring the WCB appeal work back to the union on a case by case basis, and by establishing a new advocacy model for new claims that empowers members to be active participants in the claims process. The model will also include regular clinics for members to attend and get assistance as well as establishing a process to prioritize and assess the level of representation that may be needed:

  • Develop an advocacy model for processing all aspects of WCB claims and appeals.
  • Ensure members have assistance to process their claims, claim denials and appeals.
  • Interviewing and preparing the claims and appeals submissions according to deadlines
  • Work with other experts to provide more assistance and representation on difficult WCB appeal claims.
  • Actively communicate with everyone in the union working on health and safety and accommodation issues and be a resource to the staff and leadership.

Duty to Accommodate: You are a good administrator and advocate with extensive experience in duty to accommodate processes, policy and law.

You understand the fundamentals of duty to accommodate and can get the volumes of paperwork done without losing site of our advocacy role and being able to provide accurate and forthright information to members.  You will develop good professional relationships with employers and ensure the member seeking the accommodation, the employer and the union are actively participating and cooperating through joint-effort policies and protocols.  You will:

  • Open claims and investigate workplace and find ways to engage the member in the process.
  • Work closely with the member, employers and professionals during the accommodation process to explore the full spectrum / range of possible accommodative options collaboratively ensuring genuine reasonable effort of all possible accommodative options in a collaborative and genuine manner by all involved.
  • Assess Return to Work Plans
  • Assessing the suitability of temporary or permanent accommodations and looking at innovative and practical approaches that address the member’s disability. 
  • Administrative work and file keeping

Qualifications and other Requirements:

 Candidates will have:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in union-side labour relations.
  • Three years experience in member advocacy / Duty to Accommodate or WCB appeals.
  • 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 in member advocacy and ability to immediately assume the duties of a union representative - advocacy
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant labour legislation and processes; demonstrated ability to research knowledge bases and case law, including
  • The BC Labour Relations Act
  • Workers Compensation Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
  • The Employment Standards Act
  • Related compensation, rehab and other policies, 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 positive outcomes for members 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.

Apply to: Lori Winstanley, Executive Director

Posting closes October 11, 2019 at 5 PM.

Closing date: 

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 17:00


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