Director, Labor Relations
Relocation Expense Covered: No
Manage Others: Yes
The Director of Labor Relations, Northern California provides and manages the delivery of all related labor relations advocacy services in Northern California. The Director also manages the Northern California Union Contractors Council (UCC), Trustee Coordinating Committee (TCC), Craft Committees and Collective Bargaining Committees (Committees), including labor-management meetings, seminars, and events to achieve the goals of the annual Business plan. Using an active and practical approach the Director, Labor Relations, Northern California will direct and manage labor relations support team to attain the company’s strategic goals established in the company’s strategic plan.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following; other duties may be assigned.
- Provides proper and proactive labor relations advocacy, contract interpretation and application assistance, and direct representation services to members on their Union labor issues, disputes, grievances and/or concerns.
- Provides support for the management of the Contract Administration function; including, but not limited to:
- Manages the contract administration of collective bargaining agreements/Master Labor Agreements (MLAs) and the UCC and Committee Rosters, Distribution Lists and Member & Non-Member Signatory Rosters.
- Manages the contract administrator and/or administrative support staff for the Northern California labor relations department.
- Works with the Vice President of Labor Relations, to provide staff support for the UCC, TCC and Committees; including, but not limited to:
- Manages the coordination, preparation and organization of meetings, meeting materials & minutes and action items.
- Provides research, intelligence and informed guidance to the Vice President of Advocacy and Public Affairs, the Vice President of Labor Relations, the Chairmen and Committees at meetings and in the discussions with Union Officials.
- Advises the UCC and Committees on labor issues and trends.
- Works with Vice President to ensure all AGC-CA Union Trustee positions are maintained by AGC.
- Manages grievance advocacy & provides membership with support; including, but not limited to:
- Answering inquiries/questions regarding administration of disputes associated with MLA’s.
- Prepares all required documents and sets up grievance hearings.
- Keeps all notes and records of meetings.
- Works with the Vice President of Labor Relations to coordinate member engagement in the collective bargaining process involving multiple contracts throughout the north state including, but not limited to:
- Overseeing staff support in Northern California in their assistance to achieve localized labor objectives, providing support for the development and execution of strategy.
- Identifying issues and positions, drafting contract proposals and contract language. Understanding benefits plans and programs.
- Preparation and/or review of compensation and financial analyses, contingency planning for work stoppages.
- Advising Committees on special agreements to meet market conditions.
- Maintains ongoing relationships with union officials.
- Responsible for compiling and distributing newsletters and reports to members and necessary staff.
- Answers member inquiries about issues such as prevailing wage rates and basic information regarding Master Labor Agreement questions.
- Tracks member Power of Attorney (POAs). Advises Unions when there is a change to a POA. Maintains membership database with member information and notifies Unions of changes.
- Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports to management.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position supervises the contract administrator for Northern California and/or administrative support staff for the Northern California labor relations team.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from four-year college or university in business or social sciences and/or five (5) years experience in labor relations with at least two (2) years in construction labor relations with three (3) to five (5) years of direct experience in labor contract negotiations on behalf of management preferred.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelors or advanced degree in a four-year college or university
- Minimum of five years of experience in labor relations
- With at least a minimum of two years of experience in the construction labor relations
- Minimum of three to five years of experience in direct labor contract negotiations on behalf of management preferred
- The ability to negotiate, influence, and collaborate with diverse groups of people within the construction industry.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills; effective, diplomatic and friendly communication style. Comfortable presenting to small and large groups.
- Ability to cultivate positive relationships in order to facilitate cooperation of other AGC departments and staff.
- Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a remote environment (Initiative and self-direction is a must)
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced and evolving work environment.
- Flexibility to travel in-region via automobile; periodically across the state
- Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite
- Strong organizational skill with good attention to detail
- Ability to work efficiently and show excellent time management skills
- Work in a safe manner at all times and report all accidents immediately
TRAVEL: The travel requirement for this position is 75% within Northern California with some statewide travel. Must be comfortable frequently traveling a large region that stretches from Fresno to San Francisco to Sacramento to Redding.