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Off-shift Labor Relations Specialist

Company: Bradford White
Location: Middleville
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Throughout a history dating back to 1881, we have evolved over decades of product refinements to introduce some of the most high-performing, technologically advanced, and energy-saving products to the world market. While competitors moved production out of the country, we invested in America, and our perseverance has paid off.Today, with headquarters in suburban Philadelphia and manufacturing operations in Middleville and Niles, Michigan and Rochester, New Hampshire, Bradford White Corporation is fully equipped to deliver the technology-advanced, energy-efficient products that bring reliable and efficient heating solutions to the world.Our Bradford White Canada operation, in Halton Hills, Ontario, offers training, and features a full-service parts operation, large electric product conversion services, and a state-of-the-art distribution center to support customers across all of Canada.The Labor Relations Specialist will assist in the maintenance of the organization's labor relations program and policies. Serve as a liaison between Human Resources and Operations. Partner with front line supervisors in HR policy, conflict resolution, relationship building, employee/labor relations, etc. which will require a high level of discretion and independent operation. Assist with other HR Generalist activities including retention, employee engagement activities, workforce planning and labor relations meetings.This position will work a four (4); ten (10) hour day schedule to support 2nd and 3rd shift. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Interpret labor relations agreements by responding to questions, through written interpretive letters and memos and by responding to union inquiries and requests
  • Counsel management in the interpretation of agreements and act as management representative in dealing with the union
  • Provide management representation in administering the provisions of agreements between union and management
  • Conduct employee relation investigations when needed
  • Handle employee complaints, employee grievances, employee discipline and promoting and expanding positive employee relationships on-site
  • Provide guidance and overseeing dispute resolution process at union operations involving employees, management, etc.
  • Coordinate with plant and unit management on matters concerning hourly personnelKnowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
    • Must possess effective communication skills to clearly communicate information to others
    • Strong professional customer service skills, including active listening, prompt service and follow-up
    • Analytical skills with the ability to evaluate data and consider decision impact across multiple areas
    • Strong independent decision analysis and problem-solving skills; ability to draw conclusions and justify decisions
    • Must be able to communicate issues to management and leadership
    • High degree of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
    • Strong interpersonal skills in facilitation, negotiation, and conflict resolution
    • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, and work to planQualifications
      • BA / BS in Human Resources, or Business Management with a minimum 3 years labor relations experience that includes extensive first chair negotiations experience
      • Must have deep knowledge (subject matter expert) level of union relations that includes grievance handling
      • Specific skills, such as negotiation, mediation, and leadership
      • Situation leadership, ethics, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and cultural competency
      • Ability to work closely and establish close working relationships with both operations' leadership and union leadership personnel

Keywords: Bradford White, Grand Rapids , Off-shift Labor Relations Specialist, Other , Middleville, Michigan

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