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Director, Labor Relations The candidate will focus on negotiating labor contracts under the general direction/supervision of the Vice President of Labor Relations. Will act as chief negotiator representing the company in collective bargaining involving multiple contracts throughout the country. Position is responsible for achieving corporate and localized labor objectives, developing and implementing bargaining strategy, determining issues and positions, drafting contract proposals and contract language, tracking industry trends in collective bargaining, understanding the business and its needs in a highly competitive environment as well as the ever-changing technology in the communications industry, understanding benefits plans and programs, preparation and/or review of compensation and financial analyses, contingency planning for work stoppages, and exerting the influence and persuasion needed to resolve issues and conclude the collective bargaining process amicably. Other areas of focus will be: providing comprehensive labor relations advice, assistance, and training to all levels of management and to HR colleagues on contract administration matters including mid-term issues and initiatives; negotiating mid-term agreements; interpreting labor contracts; handling or assisting with grievances and arbitrations; designing and directing the implementation of strategies for addressing union organizing campaigns; promoting a positive employee relations environment in order to minimize third party interventions; advising and coordinating with corporate and field HR staff on labor and employee relations initiatives and issues, including disciplinary matters; may include investigating employee complaints or coordinating investigations and will include providing advice on appropriate corrective measures. Thorough knowledge of labor law and labor relations principles, practices, procedures, strategies, and trends including those relating to the duty to bargain in good faith, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, union organizing, and dispute resolution is essential. Degree from a four-year college/university with major coursework in industrial relations, personnel administration or a related field; Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school with substantial experience in labor law is desirable. Must have 8+ years' experience in labor relations including experience with contract negotiation, grievance and arbitration, unfair labor practice charges, and benefits administration. Significant experience as chief spokesperson in collective bargaining is essential. Experience in employment law is highly desirable. Experience and/or training in mediation or interests-based bargaining are desirable.
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