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Senior Labor Relations Consultant

Location: Portland, OR Job Number: 706535 Date posted: 06/11/2018
Description: Provide consultation and education to managers, supervisors, and employees on all Human Resources matters; provide leadership for and participate in Labor management partnership committees and activities; interpret labor agreements, non-union policies and advise on labor and employment laws and regulations. Represent Human Resources in Labor-Management Partnership Activities. Handle all aspects of labor agreement administration, including negotiation/collective bargaining and representing KPNW in other labor proceedings.

Essential Functions:
  • Provides leadership, consultation, advice, coaching, education, and decision-making support to managers, supervisors, employees, and Human Resources staff on policies, practices, investigations, corrective action, alternative dispute resolution, and all other Human Resources.
  • Coordinates and participates in Labor-Management Partnership activities and initiates by organizing meetings, collaborating with Union officials, designing/chairing committees and developing strategies/methods for addressing joint interests. Provides Human Resources leadership and representation for Partnership Priorities.
  • Guides and assists managers, supervisors, and employees with conflict resolution and issue resolution in response to workplace issues.
  • Interprets labor agreements by answering questions, writing interpretive letters and memos, and responding to Union inquiries and requests. Responds to Step 2 and Step 3 grievances.
  • Conducts investigations and/or works with managers and supervisors to oversee/guide complex formal investigations. Investigates EEO complaints and advises managers regarding potential EEO concerns and issues.
  • Develops and conducts formal education and training on Human Resources topics and the Labor Management Partnership for managers, supervisors, employees, and Human Resources staff.
  • Negotiates labor agreements by coordinating and training management negotiating teams, developing bargaining strategy, developing proposals, and conducts negotiations as chief spokesperson.
  • Responds to union/management issues using appropriate dispute resolution procedures. Conducts labor arbitrations and mediations after consultation with legal counsel or support legal counsel during arbitration/mediation.
  • Assists legal counsel with handling of National Labor Relations Board cases, employment-related litigation, and other formal employment-related actions.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum four (4) years as Human Resources Generalist/equivalent Human Resources or legal position, OR four (4) years in a Health Care management position with demonstrated ability and responsibility to hire, terminate, and discipline employees, OR four (4) years of combined experience in Human Resources and Health Care management positions.
  • Minimum two (2) years of combined experience in at least two (2) of the following areas: labor relations, employee relations, collective bargaining, grievance processing, labor-management cooperation activities, employment law or wage and hour laws and practices, legal contract negotiation.
    Education
  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of employment, labor, and other pertinent laws and Human Resources practices.
  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.
  • Group facilitation skills, analytic and problem solving skills, personal computer skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum five (5) years of HR consulting experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years of demonstrated experience with labor relations, including collective bargaining, grievance processing, and labor-management cooperation activities.
  • MPA, MPH, MBA, or JD degree.
  • SPHR certification.
    Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Kaiser Permanente Building 500 NE Multnomah St. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Human Resources / HRIS Department: Employee & Labor Relations Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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