Job posting: CUPE Researcher (Saskatchewan)

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is looking for a RESEARCHER to work from our Saskatchewan Regional Office located in Regina. The position is available from January 1 to June 30, 2016, with the possibility of extension.

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Research Representative will provide research assistance to CUPE servicing staff and CUPE local unions, district councils and the Saskatchewan Division of CUPE as directed by the Regional Director in consultation with the National Research Branch Director.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

The research representative will be able to:

Conduct research and provide materials concerning the political, social economic and collective bargaining program for CUPE in the region;

Prepare and report on surveys of wages, working conditions and fringe benefits;

Develop a data bank of collective bargaining information to be used by local and regional bargaining units and staff in substantiating collective bargaining goals;

In cooperation with the National departments and field representatives, conduct collective bargaining policy conferences for provincial and regional occupational groupings within CUPE;

Prepare and present briefs and submissions to municipal councils, provincial legislative committees and other government enquiries;

Prepare and present interest arbitration briefs for submission to boards of conciliation, arbitration as necessary;

Advise staff and local unions on specialized aspects of collective bargaining, e.g. employee benefit plans and pensions;

Train CUPE field representatives and members in research methods and techniques;

Prepare material for policy statements, articles, speeches for officers and staff of the region; and

Conduct economic and financial analysis of the region generally and of public employers specifically.

QUALIFICATIONS

University graduate, with some specialization in statistical and analytical research, or equivalent experience.

Thorough knowledge of the collective bargaining process, with particular reference to the public sector.

Demonstrated ability in research skills, including the ability to develop information data banks.

Demonstrated communication skills, both written and oral. An ability to write clear, orderly, well documented statements, reports and briefs.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with union committees and help coordinate public campaigns.Ability to work effectively with CUPE staff and membership.

Experience in and commitment to the trade union movement.

Above average oral and written communication skills.

Free to travel and work weekends and holidays as required.

Applications should be submitted to Aina Kagis, Regional Director, CUPE Saskatchewan by the end of Thursday December 31, 2015 at akagis@cupe.ca, copy to sgordon@cupe.ca. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

CUPE also has a temporary bilingual research representative position open in Fredericton, New Brunswick to serve our Maritime Region. If interested, please contact Shelly Gordon (sgordon@cupe.ca).

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