In the Office of Policy and Management, Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements.
Works under the general supervision of the Labor Relations Assistant Chief or other employee of higher grade.
May lead/supervise lower level employees as assigned. Leads management negotiating teams during collective bargaining.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Acts as a negotiator including serving as chief spokesperson in collective negotiations of labor contracts within Executive Branch; coordinates, plans and manages assigned activities; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent statutes, regulations and collective bargaining agreements; as a chief negotiator facilitates harmonious working relationships among parties in contract negotiations; develops labor relations contract proposals; reviews and analyzes existing contracts as well as pertinent grievance and arbitration awards; coordinates research concerning comparative settlements; assists in recommending economic guidelines for settlement; conducts research into pertinent labor relations issues to develop negotiating positions and strategies; reviews cost and impact analyses of union proposals; analyzes impact of non-economic proposals; drafts and negotiates precise technical contract language to effectuate agreements; facilitates mediation process; prepares and presents state's case at binding rights and interest arbitration; prepares exhibits and witnesses; conducts legal research; prepares case briefs for submission to Arbitrator; advises and counsels agency officials in labor relations; conducts grievance conferences with agency and union officials; issues written finding to settle grievance and preserve integrity of labor agreement; responds to unfair labor practice complaints; ensures consistency of policies and procedures and uniform interpretation and administration of agreements; may consult with and assist Office of the Attorney General in preparation of court action; may serve as a witness; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines; considerable knowledge of collective bargaining and labor relations; considerable knowledge of rules of evidence; considerable knowledge of rules of practice and procedures before administrative bodies; knowledge of human resources administration and affirmative action; knowledge of public sector job classification, compensation and benefits; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable negotiating skill; considerable skill in writing technical contract provisions; considerable ability to interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations; considerable ability to apply judicial and administrative decisions to provisions of labor agreements; considerable ability to prepare and present cases at arbitration or other administrative hearings.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Nine (9) years of professional experience with primary responsibility for labor relations, labor contract negotiations and/or presentation of arbitration or prohibited practice complaints.
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A law degree or a Master's degree in labor relations may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.
One (1) year at the level of a Labor Relations Associate may be substituted for the General Experience.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Labor Relations Specialist in Salary Group MP 68 approved effective September 23, 2011. (Revised to modify content)