Interviewing for Labor Relations Representative

Interviewing for Labor Relations Representative

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under the supervision of the APC Labor Relations Manager and in conjunction with the Executive Board, the Labor Relations Representative (LRR) is responsible for representing the organization in collective bargaining negotiations and providing labor relations support, grievance resolutions, arbitrations and unfair labor practice filings; representation of bargaining unit members’ contractual rights; and works in close association with APC officers and chapter leaders.

POSITION SUMMARY

The individual’s main function is to protect the Bargaining Unit Member’s and the Union’s rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, applicable laws, rules and regulations through a variety of means including negotiations, grievance handling, litigation, and otherwise exercising their expert labor/management skills in achieving gains for APC and its membership. Moreover, the incumbent will be the first point of contact of the union’s service delivery system and is responsible for ensuring that contractual problems are identified, brought up to APC leadership and researched for possible solution.  In delivering APC resources the incumbent will comply with, and be an advocate for, all policies set forth by the Council, President and Executive Board. The Labor Relations Representative will be expected to appear before the PERB and SPB on behalf of APC as well as to provide legal counsel and strategy on the organizations’ overall labor legal needs.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the supervision of the APC Labor Relations Manager, the Labor Relations

Representative is an experienced professional with a comprehensive understanding of employee and labor relations matters. The individual represents the organization in collective bargaining negotiations and provides labor relations support in grievance resolutions, arbitrations and unfair labor practice filings. The individual works closely with APC officers and chapter leaders to resolve questions and concerns regarding grievances, members’ contractual rights and complaints. The individual will exercise independent judgment and professional discretion, relying on experience within the field to determine an appropriate course of action. The incumbent must be a highly self-motivated professional who will research legal opinions, judicial trends and legislation related to the mission and work of the Union.

The Labor Relations Representative works closely with the Labor Relations Manager and Executive Board in providing counsel and devising strategy related to contract negotiations, legislation and job actions undertaken by the Union.

DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Expert knowledge and substantial experience in best practices concerning labor relations and employment issues
  • Responsible for Collective bargaining with a demonstrated track record of achieving favorable outcomes; and implementation/administration of collective bargaining agreement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal labor and employment laws, labor contract arbitration, disciplinary procedures, PERB matters
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement in the solution of human resources matters
  • Ability to work in a confidential public sector work environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Assist stewards in providing bargaining unit members with contract interpretation and advice concerning their employment rights in the CSU
  • Assist in filing grievances by working directly with grievant(s) and stewards
  • Train and assist stewards and officers in representation work including grievances and disciplinary appeals up to and including arbitrations
  • Advise bargaining unit members on disciplinary matters
  • Attend Skelly hearings
  • Assure that APC’s Duty of Fair Representation responsibilities as certified bargaining agent are fulfilled within the areas of assigned responsibility
  • Conduct campus visits and attend, when possible, chapter meetings to meet and discuss campus issues with members
  • Participate in the recruitment and training of members
  • Prepare reports, studies, as well as legal briefs and general correspondence with outside agencies regarding APC’s cases, claims and interests
  • Provide other related services as assigned by the Labor Relations Manager
  • Provide legal advice on Title IX cases involving Unit 4 members
  • Research of court cases and opinions impacting Unit 4
  • Keep abreast of pending legislation affecting working conditions and benefits of Unit 4

As the legal representative of a union of higher education professionals, the Labor Relations Representative is expected to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. This is a full time, exempt position and is expected to work hours that include evenings and occasional weekends; have an interest in work directly related to the professional livelihood and careers of university professionals; have the ability to counsel and work in a caring fashion with members under substantial personal and professional stress; be willing and able to work cooperatively with other staff, management, elected leadership, and members; possess strong analytical and organizational skills, while exercising attention to detail; and have the ability to work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, social and economic groups. This position requires extensive knowledge of California Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations as applicable to Unit 4 employees.

The incumbent is expected to maintain a home office with extensive and frequent travel throughout California. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to:

APC Statewide Office
Email: krightmire@apc1002.org
Subject line: LRR position

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