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ProfileLabor Relations Specialist The candidate will perform advanced labor relations research and analysis under the direction of the Labor Relations Manager. Provide professional assistance to address grievances, negotiate contracts, research and present arbitration issues, formulate collective bargaining and arbitration strategies, analyze compensation options, investigate contract disputes, and advise and consult on employment matters involving non-union employees. Perform related duties as assigned. Participate in the development of bargaining strategy including analysis of salary and benefit data, and serve as the chief spokesperson for assigned labor contract negotiations. Develop negotiation strategies, in conjunction with the Human Resources Director, the Labor Relations Manager and representatives of affected departments. Seek and obtain input from county departments about issues and interests that may be the subject of future bargaining. Prepare data to evaluate options for addressing the interests of unions and the county, or to evaluate union or county positions in collective bargaining. Draft contract language. Administer county labor contracts by advising departments on labor relations policy, applicable labor laws, contract interpretation and grievance resolution. Meet and confer with management and union representatives on labor relations concerns. Represent the county in third step grievances. Conduct research and assist in preparation of legal briefs and other documents for arbitration or administrative proceedings. Prepare and present cases in grievance and interest arbitration and administrative and mediation proceedings. Develop and present labor relations training courses to management personnel. Prepare materials and train managers and supervisors on negotiated contract changes and the impact on management responsibilities. Meet with human resources staff to provide information and resolve problems involving collective bargaining agreements in relation to other personnel functions. Prepare reports on labor relations topics. Participate on labor/management committees to foster positive labor/management relations and provide advice in resolving issues. Consult with Human Resources departmental staff, and with county supervisors and managers on compliance with various employment laws. Advise county managers and supervisors on employee discipline and alternative ways of addressing employee performance matters. Advise managers, supervisors and employees regarding their rights and responsibilities under bargaining agreements, applicable labor laws, and human resource rules. Advise Human Resources Generalists regarding contract interpretation, grievance handling, discipline, and performance management.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related area. Must have 4 years of professional labor relations or human resources experience in a union environment equivalent to the Human Resources Generalist 2 level or above. A Master's degree may substitute for up to 2 years of professional labor relations or human resources experience. A J.D. degree may substitute for up to 3 years of professional labor relations or human resources experience. Collective bargaining experience and/or public sector experience is preferred.
Application Deadline: April 20, 2018.
Job Number: 0898-03/18-001
Suite 430 RCGC West
50 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102