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BC Maritime Employers Association
Manager, Labour Relations

The BCMEA represents approximately 55 member companies and, by extension, the more than 7,000 individuals who work for them. Its customer members are terminal operators, ship owners and agents. A key role of the BCMEA is to provide advocacy and support for customer members in all areas of labour relations including the negotiation and administration of two coast wide Collective Agreements between its customer members and six union locals. Additionally, the BCMEA advises on pensions, labour legislation/regulations, training, health and safety and human resources. This unique organization provides the information, expertise and systems that help BC’s marine industry to thrive.  

The BCMEA is invested in the ongoing success of Gateway strategies. Together with their customer members, the BCMEA ensures that BC ports are competitive on a global level through its contribution to the BC and Canadian economies.

Reporting to the Director, Labour Relations, and contributing as a key member of an eight person Labour Relations team, the Manager, Labour Relations is responsible for engaging with members and delivering commercially positive outcomes to BCMEA’s member companies. Services will include collective agreement and labour legislation interpretation; discipline and grievance administration; training; and on-call support. In addition, the Manager will be involved in significant industry-wide initiatives centered on achieving ongoing improvements in safety and operational efficiency. The portfolio covers Vancouver, New Westminster, Vancouver Island, Prince Rupert, and Stewart, and the approximately 7000 longshore workers who work within the industry.

The Manager will provide labour relations subject matter expertise while overseeing the proactive and consistent management of issues that arise in a busy, heavy industrial, 24/7 work environment. The Manager will play a role during collective bargaining and contribute to an open and transparent working environment on a day to day basis.

The ideal candidate will bring exceptional communications skills and 5+ years of related experience in the area of labour relations. They will possess an ability to develop effective relationships with key constituents in order to develop policies and practices that result in reduced risks to customers/members, while maximizing customers/members’ ability to perform work safely and profitably. A Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations or Business Administration; or a Masters of Industrial Relations; or a comparable combination of education and experience will be required.

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