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Labor Relations Specialists

Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
    • Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements.
    • Present the position of the company or of labor during arbitration or other labor negotiations.
    • Write letters related to labor relations activities, such as letters to amend collective bargaining agreements, letters of dispute or conciliation, or letters to seek clarification of contract terms.
    • Draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining or other labor negotiations.
    • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances.
    • Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes.
    • Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations.
    • Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability.
    • Recommend collective bargaining strategies, goals, or objectives.
    • Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify.
    • Propose resolutions for collective bargaining or other labor or contract negotiations.
    • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations.
    • Mediate discussions between employer and employee representatives in attempt to reconcile differences.
    • Assess risk levels associated with collective bargaining strategies.
    • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures.
    • Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment.
    • Select mediators or arbitrators for labor disputes or contract negotiations.
    • Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives.
    • Train managers or supervisors on topics related to labor relations, such as working conditions, safety, or equal opportunity practices.
    • Provide expert testimony in legal proceedings related to labor relations or labor contracts.
    • Identify alternatives to proposals of unions, employees, companies, or government agencies.
    • Develop methods to monitor employee satisfaction with policies or working conditions, including grievance or complaint procedures.
    • Research case law or outcomes of previous case hearings.
    • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings.
    • Prepare and submit required governmental reports or forms related to labor relations matters, such as equal employment opportunity (EEO) forms, new hire forms, or minority compensation reports.
    • Prepare reports or presentations to communicate employee satisfaction or related data to management.
    • Develop employee health and safety policies.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 58210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 27.99/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 5,770
    • Yearly Projected Openings 490

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    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Self Control

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