Position: Labour Relations Consultant 

Division: Human Resources 

Department: Labour Relations

Term: 1 Permanent Full Time position available.

Closing Date: 03/26/2023 

Labour Group: ESA 

Posting:  1929 

Job Summary


The City of Saskatoon is a place where you can build a career and make a difference in your community. As a municipal government, we offer a range of core public services such as roads, transit, parks, water, construction and fire to over 270,000 residents. 


Are you an HR professional looking to expand or grow your career in the field of labour relations? We’re looking for a Labour Relations Consultant to support the people who make the City of Saskatoon a great place to live, work, learn and play. 


At the City of Saskatoon, you’ll experience an opportunity to grow your career in an organization where People Matter.  


This position performs all aspects of the labour relation functions, including acting as an advisor and a liaison.  The position is responsible for negotiating resolutions with unions regarding a wide range of labour relations issues including acting as a lead negotiator at the bargaining table, grievance handling and preparing/ presenting at third party hearings, researching and interpreting information as well as producing and presenting a variety of reports.


What we offer: 

  • Career advancement: Opportunity to progress to a senior labour relations consultant position based on technical, behavioural and leadership competencies. 
  • Professional Development: Internal leadership development program for those aspiring to work in a leadership capacity. 
  • No travel required – position responsibilities are limited within Saskatoon.


Competitive compensation and benefits package:  

  • Paid time off starting at 27 days (three weeks’ vacation and 12 scheduled days off) per year, vacation increasing with years of service, plus 13 recognized public holidays per year,
  • Extended Health Care Benefits,  
  • Dental Care Benefits,  
  • Health Spending Account,  
  • Short and long-term disability,  
  • General Superannuation Plan (Defined Benefit pension plan), as well as  


Additional Benefits: 

  • Tuition & Materials Reimbursement Program,  
  • Deferred Salary Leave Plan - requires manager pre-approval,  
  • Computer Purchase Plan,  
  • Employee Exercise & Sport Equipment Purchase Program,  
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program,  
  • Employee Wellness Subsidization Program (Leisure Card) 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Acts as a lead/co-lead negotiator at the bargaining table.
  • Implements, administers and interprets collective agreements, grievance decisions and arbitration awards
  • Investigates, represents and facilitates the resolution of disputes and grievances regarding interpretations of collective agreements, labour legislation and human resources policies and practices.
  • Prepares and handles arbitrations and third party hearings. Performs liaison role with solicitors.
  • Acts as liaison between unions and management regarding all aspects of union/management relations.
  • Provides input into labour relations strategies and bargaining mandates. Works as a member of the labour relations team to accomplish corporate labour relations objectives.
  • Coordinates the gathering, analysis and interpretation of research materials relative to the negotiation of collective agreements, grievance investigation, arbitrations, Labour Relations Board cases, and the develops corporate labour relations policies and procedures. Produces and presents a variety of reports, written and verbal statistics.
  • Conducts, and acts as a resource for training sessions regarding labour relations.
  • Develops and maintains liaison with Department of Labour, other human resource departments, union representatives and government officials/agencies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Degree in Human Resources, or Industrial Relations or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered including a combination of additional experience and an HR Certificate and/or a second related certificate in Mediation/Education/or Negotiations.
  • Four to six years' working as a Labour Relations Officer/Consultant with large department portfolios (including grievances/ arbitration work/ participation in Collective Agreement negotiations/ full workforce legislation/ and coaching Human Resources and Management) is required.
  • Possession of a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 Driver's Licence.
  • Current driver’s abstract from SGI demonstrating a safe driving record
  • A vehicle suitable for use in the performance of duties is required
  • Demonstrated experience leading Human Resources investigations in all areas of labour & employee relations.
  • Demonstrated ability supporting Human Resources and departments to prepare for, and assist in bargaining
  • Ability to interpret, understand and recommend changes based on nuances of policy/collective agreement language. 
  • Knowledge of labour/employment legislation and policy impacting the workforce.
  • Ability to support the development of Human Resource and management staff in Labour Relations practices.
  • Ability to research and offer balanced and quality case law recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, respectfully resolve conflict, provide recommendations to internal stakeholders, and provide support and coverage to members of the division.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to create, prepare, compile and coordinate highly sensitive information, while ensuring a high degree of accuracy and efficiency and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Strong administrative skills with the ability to organize, prepare, create and lead cases.
  • Considerable knowledge of municipal organizations and types of municipal occupations, combined with a working knowledge of related functions in other organizations.

Weekly Hours: 40 

Salary Range: $94,834.80 to $111,430.80 CAD per annum (2022 rates)


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The City of Saskatoon offers an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds. As an equity partner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the City commits to diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplaces. By having our workforce reflect the community we serve, we support the realization of miyo-pimatisiwin, (me-o-pi-ma-ti-si-win) “the good life”, for all residents. To learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the City, please visit Saskatoon.ca/diversity 


The City of Saskatoon strives to provide an accessible and inclusive workplace for all, including throughout the application and selection process through reasonable access and accommodations. Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please email talentacquisition@saskatoon.ca.