The Manager, Labor Relations will work with the Labor Relations team to ensure that the strength and quality of relations with represented employees advance the University's overall strategic goals and reflect sound principles of human resources management. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the consistent interpretation of the various Collective Bargaining Agreements, as well as promoting a positive relationship with the bargaining unit employees and the bargaining units. The Manager, Labor Relations will administer labor relations matters in accordance with labor and employment law, regulatory requirements and University policy.
Serves as a resource and point of contact to management and local HR on issues that arise in the workplace by interpreting, applying, and administering University policies and labor contracts.
Ensures legal/contractual compliance throughout the University while maintaining positive relations between the University and the bargaining units.
Handles grievances and ensures consistency with the application of disciplinary actions.
Assists in the development of labor strategy; participates in union negotiation.
Collaborates with cross-functional teams (Benefits, Payroll, HR Client Managers) to accurately and timely resolve grievances.
Tracks and maintains all relevant issues for grievance resolution and contract negotiations.
Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 4 years of progressive experience in labor relations.
JD or LLM degree preferred. Experience within a multi-union environment is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of labor and employment law is essential.
Working knowledge and application of applicable laws and government regulations including those pertaining to labor law.
Advanced communication skills both oral and written required.
Strong negotiating and decision-making skills, including working with ambiguity, resolving complex problems, and having composure in difficult situations.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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