Long hours working with sometimes challenging conditions
Sr. Labour Relations Advisor (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 24 November 2015
Working in the Oil Patch demands strict adherence to a meriad of safety rules and employment practices.
"Skill Trades" personnel are hires from a union hall. Essentially a call is made to the "hall" for a certain number of skilled trades personnel; sufficient to meet client target dates for completion of whatever work is required. Normal reference checking is not an option as the hire is not an employee as such.
Employment conditions are those spelled out in a negotiated "Master Agreement" incorporating the terms and conditions of as many as ten (10) different unions with different skill sets. Example; Teamsters, Welders, Fitters, BoilerMakers, Riggers, etc etc.
As a labour relations advisor, one is tasked with the responsibility to administer the terms and conditions of a "Master" site agreement. Duties and responsibilities include the disposition of grievances and complaints initiated by members of the various bargaining units. Interaction with union representatives is frequent and can at times be intense requiring a high level of "dispute resolution" skills.
Pay rates are generally far beyond those of city businesses.
Work schedules are often (12) hours/day x (20)days and (4) days off