Labor Relations Representative

POSITION OVERVIEW
This (exempt) position requires the employee to facilitate and maintain the development of strong and engaged bargaining units. The employee is part of the MNA labor department, which empowers healthcare workers statewide to advocate for themselves, their patients, their families, and their communities.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop broad, representative, inclusive, and diverse pool of worksite leaders following MNA’s criteria.
  • Train leaders to move worksite/issue campaigns, serve as advocates on worksite committees, and act as stewards.
  • Support leaders on worksite committees. Participate on worksite committees when necessary.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for each bargaining.
  • Conduct annual assessments of bargaining units.
  • Promote membership in the union, including developing internal organizing plans to accrete unrepresented employees in union, convert fair share to membership, and ensure presence at new employee orientations.
  • Create and maintain lists assessing membership or to track campaigns.
  • Ensure bargaining unit elections are held in a timely fashion and in accordance to bargaining unit’s bylaws.
  • Identify bargaining unit leaders to fill statewide leadership positions on the MNA Board, Councils, Committees and House of Delegates. Mentor those leaders when appropriate.
  • Visit workers in their homes, worksites, or other locations.
  • Compose newsletters and other materials in a clear and persuasive fashion.
  • Timely inform Director of Labor and other managers and stakeholders of activities, developments, and progress of work or emergence of issues.
  • Work collaboratively with coworkers, including those in other departments, members, and coalition partners.
  • Ensure contract is reopened in a timely fashion.
  • Act as the lead negotiator, including draft contract proposals, identify and train negotiating team, conduct surveys, get necessary information from employer or other sources, interpret contract language, present proposals, negotiate, research best practices, write and distribute updates, develop and oversee contract action teams, issue organize, and develop and implement a contract campaign, including moving members to concerted action.
  • Ratify the contract following the bargaining unit’s bylaws and MNA policies.
  • Produce a final agreement that is ready for print.
  • Develop thorough knowledge of bargaining unit contracts, bargaining history, and the bylaws of assigned bargaining units and constituent associations.
  • Identify, train, and support stewards to handle investigatory meetings and grievances. Monitor stewards work to ensure duty of fair representation is met.
  • Represent health care workers in investigatory meetings and grievances when no steward available or when otherwise appropriate/necessary.
  • Draft grievances and investigate the merits of a grievance.
  • Responsible for administering, monitoring and calendaring grievance processing for all assigned units
  • Provide recommendation on merits of grievances to stewards, leaders, Director of Labor, Director of Organizing and Legal Counsel.
  • Keep records organized, especially negotiation binders, grievance files, and lists
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings ideally in-person or electronically when necessary.
  • Attend MNA House of Delegates, LBU leadership conferences for members and other such functions.
  • Attend educational conferences to improve current knowledge or to develop new skill or knowledge.
  • Develop basic knowledge of MNA Bylaws.
  • Timely complete administrative tasks such as expense and activity reports.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications & Skills

Juris Doctorate, or bachelor’s degree in political science (or related field) and five (5) years of experience in labor relations, including contract administration and the presentation of grievance arbitration cases and Unfair Labor Practice complaints is preferred. A thorough understanding of unionism and labor law.

  • Exceptional attention to accuracy and detail is required.
  • Strong strategic, problem solving, and critical thinking are necessary.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Representatives operate with general supervision and must be self-motivated and able to prioritize and effectively manage a large volume of complex issues.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize competing tasks and manage work under weekly, monthly and quarterly deadlines.
  • Demonstrated positive attitude and effectiveness in working independently and in a team environment.
  • Adept interpersonal relationship skills to work harmoniously with staff, management, union leaders.
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation are essential.
  • Ability to operate within an office and field setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong listening skills, ability to compose simple correspondence and verbally convey information clearly.
  • Experience with Zoom and Microsoft Office applications is required.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to travel in Michigan, work extended and irregular hours, and work off site, if needed.
  • Valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and valid automobile insurance are mandatory.
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with prolonged periods of sitting and work on computer.
  • Lifting of normal items (boxes of paper, storage boxes, etc.) found in an office setting when necessary.

Send resume and cover letter to Carol Feuss.

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