Dave Johnson

Labour Relations and Human Resources Consultant

Values and Goals

In today’s complex labour relations environment, bargaining table and other labour consulting services can result in reduced administrative and negotiations costs, reduced time commitment for stakeholders and their senior executives, improvement in management-employee relations, and achievement of employer goals and objectives. Collective bargaining and labour relations should build positive relationships in the workplace and turn adversarial situations into collaborative ones; employer operational needs and fiscal goals are compatible with labour peace and respect.

This precept has guided me as a human resources-labour relations practitioner in a multi-sector environment in New Brunswick, with the Alberta School Boards Association labour relations service, as a labour relations consultant in Alberta and the NWT and with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. In my experience as an employer-side HR/LR specialist, I have discovered that the formula for success is based on trust, respect, strategically transparent communications, and effective listening.

I listen to you when you tell me your goals, I listen to your employees as we work toward those goals, and I communicate your goals to your employees in effective ways. You would want to have me as your spokesperson and strategist if you want your employees to know that you value them, if you want to create a positive, productive working environment, if you want to make the most effective use of your own time, or if you have fiscal realities that must also be achieved in this process.

Experience

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July 25, 2013 July 31, 2016

Alberta Labour Relations Board

Employer Nominee

May 1, 2007 June 30, 2016

Sturgeon School Division

Associate Superintendent, Human Resources

2006 Current

Independent Contractor

Human Resources, Labour Relations Consultant

2001 2007

Alberta School Boards Association

Labour Relations Consultant

1998 2001

New Brunswick Department of Finance

Labour Relations Officer

July 25, 2013 July 31, 2016

Alberta Labour Relations Board

Employer Nominee

As an employer nominee I sit on three-person panels to adjudicate and resolve complaints filed under the Alberta Labour Relations Code on such matters as bargaining and certification rights, unlawful strikes or lockouts, prohibited practices, successorship rights, and duty of fair repre

May 1, 2007 June 30, 2016

Sturgeon School Division

Associate Superintendent, Human Resources

Reporting to the CEO at Sturgeon School Division, I have administered collective agreements and the regulations for a non-bargaining unit of employees with responsibility for over 500 employees and executive responsibility for recruitment, performance management, progressive discipline, layoff and termination, health and safety, employee wellness, collective agreement negotiations and administration, grievance and arbitration, labour-management relations, and co-ordination of pay and benefits administration. This experience compliments my consulting role because I can speak from first hand, administrative experience about the impact that bargaining proposals have on day-to-day operational concerns.

2006 Current

Independent Contractor

Human Resources, Labour Relations Consultant

A labour relations consultant and chief spokesperson for employer interests in over one hundred rounds of collective agreement negotiations in several public service sectors including Health, Justice, Transportation, Municipal Affairs, and Education, I have also conducted workplace mediations and harassment policy investigations in several of these sectors and organizational effectiveness studies and classification and compensation reviews and have developed and delivered workshops and orientation sessions for senior executives and elected officials on the history and employer roles under labour relations legislation.

2001 2007

Alberta School Boards Association

Labour Relations Consultant

Working with 28 different school boards, dealing with every bargaining intervention and conflict contemplated under the Alberta Labour Relations Code: mediations, arbitrations, disputes inquiry boards, strikes and lockouts, and more recently, serving on the Alberta Labour Relations Board, and as a consultant in Alberta and the NWT, I have gained a broad perspective on labour issues.

1998 2001

New Brunswick Department of Finance

Labour Relations Officer

Moving over from the Department of Education, this is where I first got involved in negotiations, management training, consulting and investigative work with several departments of government – Health, Justice, Solicitor General, Municipal Affairs and Transportation. Provincial delegate to the annual conference of Canadian Education Negotiators – “Teacher and Support Staff Bargaining Status” (for New Brunswick – 1998-2001; for Alberta – 2002-2006) Employer panel member for a Mediated Arbitration settlement between Province of Prince Edward Island and the PEI Teacher Federation

Education

See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

Acadia University

American Literature

Master of Arts

Industrial Relations Centre, Queens University

Labour Relations

Certificate programs in Negotiation Skills and in Alternate Disputes Resolution

University of New Brunswick

Business Administration

BBA

Projects

HR and labour relations work that may be of interest....

Collective Bargaining in the Alberta (and NWT) Education Sector(s)

Presented one-day work shops on bargaining in the education sector. Morning: history, legislation, best practices
Afternoon (optional): simulated bargaining

Canadian Industrial Relations Association – panel member: Collective Bargaining in The (Alberta) Education Sector

May, 2014 - Represented the 'employer interest' in a panel discussion of the state of labour relations in the Alberta Public Education Sector

College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)

Presented a workshop to School Superintendents on "An Appreciation of the Collective bargaining Environment in the Alberta Public Education Sector" (Jan. 2012). Served as LR Consultant to the Association, (2011-13)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Psychological profiling system used for employee self-awareness, team synergy and organizational effectiveness

New Brunswick Public Service – workshops

Half-day and full-day workshops on: Labour Relations for Managers, Grievance Handling, Progressive Discipline, Classification and Compensation, Harassment Policy Investigation.

Collective Bargaining in the Alberta (and NWT) Education Sector(s)

A one-day workshop, the first half of which provides a brief history of bargaining in the education sector, the legislation that defines, and the key requirements for success for the employer interest. The second half consists of simulated bargaining exercises.

Canadian Industrial Relations Association – panel member: Collective Bargaining in The (Alberta) Education Sector

May, 2014 - Represented the 'employer interest' in a panel discussion of the state of labour relations in the Alberta Public Education Sector

College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)

labour relations consultant to the Association

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Psychological profiling system used for employee self-awareness, team synergy and organizational
effectiveness

New Brunswick Public Service – workshops

“Labour Relations for Managers”, “Grievance Handling and Contract Administration”, “Harassment Policy Investigation”, “Performance Management”, “Progressive Discipline”

Skills

Some of my most valuable professional skills and areas of expertise

K-12

Labor Relations

Human Resources

Performance Management

Personnel Management

Training

Policy

Attendance Management

Management

Employment Law

Recruiting

Benefits Administration

Organizational Development

Negotiation

Administration

Coaching

Leadership Development

Government

Strategic Negotiations

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