• Employee & Labour Relations Manager

    Job Locations CA-ON-Mississauga
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources
    Product Line
    Up to 60%
  • Why work for Lafarge?

    Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .



    The Employee and Labour Relations Manager is responsible for providing expertise in the areas of contract interpretation and employment/labour law, as well as providing leadership in the development of a strategic plan for collective bargaining.  The incumbent is also responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating policies and programs, consistent with corporate objectives in the areas of Labour/Employee Relations and Human Resources for the Lafarge Canada organization.


    • Managing and improving the information transfer from the region to NABS and back to the region for payroll processes.
    • Interpret and summarize all collective agreements and submit to the NABS for payroll purposes.
    • Lead the development and implementation of a strategic approach to collective bargaining across the Region in support of operational objectives.
    • Negotiate collective agreements on behalf of the Company specifically including the following duties: acting as chief spokesperson, researching industry trends and analyzing labour cost competitiveness, developing and presenting bargaining mandates in conjunction with the business unit managers, executing contractual documents, and initiating appropriate activities related to collective bargaining.
    • Represent the company with all regulatory authorities related to labour/employee relations, human rights and employment standards including grievance arbitration, labour board applications, human rights complaints and employment related lawsuits.
    • Develop and implement management training programs in the area of labour and employee relations in support of regional human resource strategies and operational objectives.
    • Work closely with the business unit and senior management team to provide value-added advice and guidance on employee relations and general human resources issues.
    • Manage the employee termination process ensuring compliance with applicable provincial regulations, legal precedents, and/or collective agreements.
    • Develop recommendations for employee benefits and pension administration in conjunction with the Corporate Benefits and Pensions Group.
    • Provide coaching and development for Labour Relations Intern
    • Provide counsel to Health and Safety team; Collaborate with safety organization on safety training initiatives.
    • Support the safety objectives of the organization in a visible manner.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure duties of self and others are performed in a safe manner.
    • Provide support to the HR managers on projects, and analytical research work in such areas as compensation, labour comparisons, and organizational planning presentations.
    • Provide expertise and support to line managers on terminations including developing severance packages for approval, and conducting exit interviews, as required.
    • Conduct internal investigations in accordance with the Lafarge Canada policy on Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace.
    • Provide guidance to the Operations on Consequence Management process.
    • Provide labour relations expertise on business development assignments.

    Specific Accountabilities:


    • Develop and maintain positive employee relations within the Region
    • Develop and maintain proactive relationships with Union representatives and industry professionals in the field of labour and employee relations
    • Develop bargaining strategy and act as spokesperson in negotiations, and successfully conclude negotiations in accordance with approved mandates
    • Support Senior Director of Employee and Labour Relations in the development of bargaining strategy and negotiations.
    • Develop and implement positive and proactive employee relations practices that support operational objectives and facilitates human resource planning
    • Manage grievance Arbitrations and other legal matters such as Human Rights, Employment Standards, WCB Discrimination and Privacy complaints.
    • Manage the employee services function in support of positive employee relations
    • Demonstrate a commitment to a safe work environment.
    • Support the Human Resources Group in delivering efficient and supportive human resources strategies and services to the Business Operations.
    Relationship with Other Jobs:
    • Work closely with the HR Directors and Area HR Managers in the region to assist with day-to- day HR and LR issues and needs.


    • Number of official labour jurisdictions: 5 provincial
    • Number of employees: 5000 (at peak season)
    • Number of separate collective agreements: 70
    • Number of unions: 16 (with multiple provincial divisions)
    • Product Lines: Aggregates, Asphalt & Pave, Cement, and Ready Mix
    • Travel Requirements: 60%


    Education and Work Experience:

    • Bachelor Degree, preferably in Commerce (Business), Labour Relations, or HR Management
    • 5 -10 years’ experience in Human Resources and Labour Relations
    • Experience in administering and negotiating Collective Agreements is required, preferably in a multi-union industry setting.
    • Minimum of five (5) years progressive experience in employee and labour relations including at least two (2) years at a professional/managerial level; with extensive experience in collective bargaining and employee relations management.
    • Experience as a human resource generalist and a professional human resource certification (i.e. CHRP) would be considered assets.

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Strong understanding of Canadian Labour and Employment laws in Canada.
    • Bilingual (English & French) communication skills an asset
    • Advanced skills working with MS Excel and Word
    • Solid understanding of payroll, and compensation & benefits an asset
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
    • Clear customer focus
    • Strong computer skills
    • Significant knowledge of business processes



    ·         Business Acumen

    ·         Conflict Management

    ·         Drive for results

    ·         Managerial Courage

    ·         Strategic Agility

    ·         Functional/Technical skills

    ·         Interpersonal Savvy

    ·         Negotiating

    ·         Problem Solving

    ·         Command Skills


    As the world leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim Ltd and its subsidiaries have the assets necessary to meet the building and design challenges of today’s increasing urbanization.  Globally, LafargeHolcim has 115,000 employees, a well-balanced local presence in 90 countries and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. With the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions, strong R&D and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the building solutions to meet customers’ needs, from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project.  We are committed to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure while contributing to a higher quality of life.  We are positioned to deliver on this commitment. 


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