Employment Opportunity - Senior Labour Relations Officer


Position Title:                 Senior Labour Relations Officer

Employment Type:         Permanent Full-Time

Classification:                 Band 12

Salary:                             $115,336 to $129,809

Language:                        Bilingual imperative

Location:                          Ottawa

Union:                               AEU Unit V


Open To:

  1. Employees within the Alliance Employees’ Union (AEU) bargaining Unit V, and;
  2. Other members of the Alliance Employees’ Union (AEU), and;
  3. Employees of the PSAC and its Components, and;
  4. Members of the Union of Taxation Employees, and;
  5. General public.


Under the direction of the National President of the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE):

  • Provides direction and guidance to the Labour Relations Officers and the Administrative Staff employed in the National Office of the Union of Taxation Employees;
  • Assigns work to, directs, coordinates, reviews and monitors the work of the Labour Relations Officers and Administrative Staff;
  • Recommends approval of the successful completion of probationary periods for staff and recommends approval of increments upon satisfactory performance;
  • Provides advice to the management team in the creation and development of general office policy and procedures;
  • Provides technical advice to the management team with respect to collective agreement interpretations, regulatory requirements, conflict resolution and other such matters;
  • Recommends approval of staff expense claims and overtime requests and payments;
  • Provides strategic and technical advice to the National President with respect to the operation of the UTE National Office and UTE’s field operations;
  • Provides advice, guidance and direction to Labour Relations Officers with respect to complex cases and enquiries;
  • Reviews and approves recommendations from Labour Relations Officers to withdraw union representation with respect to grievances, staffing complaints and recourse, Canadian Human Rights Complaints and other such matters;
  • Participates in UTE selection boards, creates notices of employment opportunities, determines qualifications, designs interview questions and tests, conducts interviews and tests, determines candidates’ qualifications, establishes eligibility lists, recommends to the National President for approval by Executive Committee the appointment of qualified candidates and prepares letters of offer to successful candidates;
  • Provides technical advice to the National President, First National Vice-President, National Executive Council and other elected officials and staff on matters, including but not limited to, the interpretation of the Collective Agreement, UTE’s position with respect to specific issues, initiatives and policies, internal and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) labour relations matters, conflict resolution, the grievances process, the CRA Staffing and Recourse Program and various acts, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Serves as lead advocate for UTE, and collaborates to determine UTE’s position, in consultations with the CRA with respect to labour relations matters, policies, procedures and proposed settlements;
  • Acts as Technical Advisor to various UTE National Standing Committees by providing technical and strategic advice to committee members and provides guidance and direction to other National Standing Committees;
  • Represents UTE and advocates on behalf of UTE with respect to internal Union committees and consultations with the PSAC and other unions;
  • Creates and develops submissions on behalf of UTE to the CRA, labour relations boards, tribunals, government agencies, employer committees and representatives and other organizations and bodies;
  • Responds on behalf of UTE with respect to duty of fair representation complaints, complaints to the PSAC National President and other complaints from members or from the employer;
  • Advocates and represents on behalf of UTE in the grievance process and in staffing recourse where the issues in dispute are extremely complex or where the matter is of significant importance to UTE and/or its members;
  • Litigates on behalf of and represents members in the Independent Third-Party Review (ITPR) staffing recourse process;
  • Represents members in proceedings before the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) with respect to staffing recourse for other departments or agencies;
  • Reviews and analyses grievance, adjudication and Independent Third-Party Review (ITPR) decisions, as well as decisions made by other tribunals or decision makers to determine if an application for judicial review or other legal vehicle should be pursued;
  • Administers the Essential Services Agreement, reviews the employer’s proposals, determines UTE’s position and negotiates said agreement with the CRA or in concert with the PSAC, files an objection with the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB);
  •  Assists in the development of workshops for conferences and meetings as required;
  • Creates, develops, designs and delivers training courses and workshops to UTE Executive Council, Local Executive Officers, other UTE representatives and staff;
  • Creates and delivers on the job training and trains new staff.


University graduation plus two years of progressively responsible experience in a related field or a combination of education, training and experience equal to completion of secondary school plus five years related experience; Thorough knowledge of labour legislation and regulations pertaining to the federal public service; Knowledge of the structure of UTE and the PSAC; Knowledge of labour legislation, regulations and policies pertaining to members employed by the Canada Revenue Agency; Good knowledge of staffing practices and procedures; Thorough knowledge of recourse and redress procedures;

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in both official languages; Sound judgment, initiative, reliability, and the ability to work independently; Ability to conduct research, identify issues, develop persuasive arguments and defend positions.


Applications must be sent via e-mail to Shane O’Brien, Senior Labour Relations Officer, Union of Taxation Employees, at obriens@ute-sei.org and received no later than the close of business on September 22nd, 2023.

This position is located in Ottawa and the successful candidate must reside in the greater National Capital Region. Please note that expenses incurred by applicants in attending any and all interviews and/or tests shall be the sole responsibility of the applicant. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own relocation costs, if applicable.