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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileDirector, Labor and Employee Relations The candidate will direct the labor and employee relations activities of the organization, including serving as Chair or Vice Chair of the management bargaining committee, as assigned. Will coordinates the development of contract proposals, including researching the viability of those proposals under the PECBA. Leads mid-term contract negotiations. The Director oversees labor contract administration, including the grievance process, discipline administration, contract interpretation, as well as counseling and training of managers in labor relations matters. Responsible for ensuring labor relations databases are current and able to satisfy management requirements. Also is responsible for developing and managing implementation of strategies to foster effective relations with the union leadership to improve business outcomes. In employee relations, responsible for employee complaint processing and investigation, interactive processes, and Human Resources policies. Ensures a commitment to safety through effective leadership, role modeling, and implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value and a priority in all aspects of work. Performs other related duties as assigned. Identify, design and manage implementation of strategic solutions to address labor relation issues, including supervisory and management practices, consistent and fair treatment of employees within the context of labor relations agreements, effective utilization of information relating to labor relations matters. Develop and direct programs to help ensure managers and supervisors are fully acquainted and consistently comply with best practices of professional management and conduct within the context of labor relations in an effort to avoid inadvertent contract violations and unfair labor practices. Ensure information requests from the union are clarified, narrowed, and receive full and timely response. Ensure labor agreements are communicated throughout the organization and posted on firm. Develop and oversee implementation of strategies to rationalize, harmonize, and build effective labor-management relations. Lead mid-term labor negotiations. Negotiates and recommends ratification of memoranda of agreements (MOAs) and letters of understanding (LOUs). Conducts labor-management meetings to discuss and resolve collective bargaining issues. Oversee labor contract administration and handles grievance arbitrations. Selects arbitrators. Partner with various stakeholders in the preparation of grievance and interest arbitrations. Studies legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends. Researches and provides counsel to managers regarding labor relations positions as it relates to controlling law and regulations. Serve as a resource to managers and subordinate staff members on labor relations best practices to help ensure fair treatment of employees within the context of applicable labor contract provisions, work rules, and established policies and procedures. Oversee the employee relations function, including the employee compliant process, workplace investigations, interactive processes, and Human Resources policies, including the HR Policy Manual. Oversee development and implementation of labor relations training and programs designed to meet firm's business objectives, particularly regarding corrective action, grievance administration, discipline, procedural due process, employee and management rights, and contract interpretation. Oversee delivery of focused training to managers and supervisor on changes in labor law, applicable regulations, the collective bargaining agreement, memorandums of agreement (MOAs), District policy, and other applicable standards. Supervise the HR Business Partners for Transportation and Maintenance.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Bachelor's degree in Labor or Industrial Relations, Management, Business, or a related field. A Juris Doctorate degree is highly preferred. Must have 11 years total credited experience. 5-7 years of labor relations, or other contract negotiation and contract administration experience, with an employer having a large represented workforce, preferably in public transit or in the public sector, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Legal education may be substituted for experience on a one for one basis; other education may be substituted on a two for one basis.
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The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
4012 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202