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Director of Labor Relations Duties: Report to the Vice President of Human Resources. Serves as first-chair spokesperson for operating units in contract negotiations and other dealings with local unions, including the Teamsters, UFCW, and UAW. Coordinates with local management, corporate pension and benefits specialists, and senior leadership in preparing negotiation strategy and proposals to determine feasibility, cost, effects on operations and relationship to prevailing trends in the industry and the geographic area. In consultation with Senior Labor Relations Director and others, as appropriate, drafts contract language and proposals with an eye towards achieving consistency and uniformity with corporate policies and practices. Advises local HR managers and management personnel in administering contracts and labor relation policies/practices that are in compliance with federal /state laws, organization policies/practices, and applicable collective bargaining agreements. Independently manages and directs responses to union organizing activity and coordinates union election campaigns, including training of management personnel, interfacing with unions and NLRB, and litigating objections and ULP charges before the NLRB. Actively participates in the development and implementation of a broad, well-balanced and effective labor relations strategy, including developing and implementing union-free training and proactive strategies to respond to union organizing. First chair responsibility for grievances and labor arbitrations, responding to NLRB charges, and/or oversight of outside counsel, as appropriate, in such matters. Coordinates with in-house legal counsel, payroll, EHS, and benefits specialists on implementation of policies and procedures in union locations.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, Law degree or Master’s in Labor Relations preferred. 8+ years’ experience negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, including first chair experience in negotiations, labor arbitrations and grievance proceedings, preferably in a manufacturing or distribution environment. 5+ years’ experience practicing before the NLRB, including participation in unfair labor practice hearings and Board-conducted elections. 5+ years’ experience dealing with California-specific labor and employment law matters. Must be fully prepared to independently research and respond to sophisticated and complex labor relations and employment law issues in a time sensitive and client service oriented environment. Strong understanding and working knowledge of applicable labor and employment laws and regulations at the state and federal level, WARN, FLSA, FMLA and NLRA.
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