Los Angeles Labor Union is seeking to hire a Union Representative to manage Union contracts. We are seeking an experienced representative with union experience and/or labor law knowledge. Ideally, we are seeking an applicant who is familiar with employment law in California.
Responsible for cultivating positive Employee Relations by assisting in the development and administration of employee relations activities at the Union. The Union Agents will design, implement, and maintain union contracts to facilitate positive relationships with union employees, and the union representing employees. Works with leadership and department supervisors to cultivate commitment among department staff, in support of its priorities. By understanding issues of the Union Membership at the department level, functions as a strategic resource of information and support to department management, to resolve concerns. Engages in activities that ensure that Employee Relations is viewed as a beneficial and accessible resource for all Union employees.
- Provides advice information, guidance, and assistance to Union leadership in the administration of policies and procedures, performance assessment, contract interpretation, disciplinary and grievance issues including corrective action for a large variety of departments (including those involving high levels of management and are politically or union sensitive).
- Responds to questions and problems regarding policy interpretation and implementation. Investigates the issues raised and gathers all pertinent data before making a recommendation. Interprets the collective bargaining agreement for union employees based on an analysis of each situation, maintaining consistency and taking past practices into consideration. Recommends appropriate performance evaluation or disciplinary action as needed.
- Identifies legally sensitive issues and raise those issues with the supervisor and/or legal counsel. Assists other sections of Human Resources in resolving employee relations problems. Provides instruction and advice to department management on proper documentation, investigatory steps, and procedures for discipline and termination. Identifies and recommends necessary policy changes to department managers and Medical Center leadership as needed.
- Manages the grievance process for non-union and union staff and facilitates discussions to resolve disputes between management and staff. Prepares department representatives for grievance meetings. Serves as an objective advocate or impartial hearing officer in third step grievances initiated by or on behalf of union employees. Reviews and analyzes the facts presented, evaluate the testimony of the witness and follows up as necessary prior to making recommendations to departments or writing third step union grievance decisions.
- Makes determinations about which cases go to arbitration and implements appropriate agreements when settling grievances. Develops a position/argument for cases in preparation for arbitration. Initiates and extends recommendations, negotiates terms of settlement for grievances in lieu of arbitration. Prepares thorough analysis of arbitrations and third-step non-union grievances specifying the strengths and weaknesses of the positions of both parties.
- Assists Legal Counsel in preparing for and representing the Union at arbitrations and third-party proceedings as required. When appropriate testifies on behalf of the Union in arbitrations, particularly in cases involving procedural disputes/issues and policy/contract interpretation. Contacts departments to notify and explain the basis for arbitration decision, and implications for future operational/disciplinary action on the part of management. Initiates follow-up to ensure arbitrator's decision and/or settlement agreement is complied with.
- Participates in negotiations with clients, as required. Identifies and researches potential issues that may arise during negotiations. Analyzes the union's proposal for the feasibility of acceptance. Prepares viable counter-proposals as necessary.
- Maintains current, detailed, and accurate information on work output within labor. Maintains current and accurate information on the status of assigned Grievances and Arbitrations within the Grievance Log. Maintains organized and orderly case files and files them in a timely manner.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree preferably in Human Resources Management or Labor Relations. Minimum five years of progressive experience in Human Resources of which three years should be in Employee & Labor Relations. Effective oral, written communication, and interpersonal skills required.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Human Resources or related fields.
A JD is a plus but not required.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands: Business Office Setting, and ability to travel within the Los Angeles area. Company Car provided and expense allowance.