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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$74,566.44 - $114,350.93
LOCATION:220 N. Main St.
Under the general direction of a higher classified employee, represents Washtenaw County in labor relations matters and performs labor relations duties. Responsibilities are of a highly complex nature which requires the ability to make independent judgments based on expertise and experience. This position requires knowledge of labor relations and personnel policies and procedures to resolve labor disputes to provide fairness to Washtenaw County and its employees.
Essential Duties:

  • Acts as chief negotiator for the County in collective bargaining negotiations by acting as representative for County and management.
  • Collaborates with departmental leadership across organization to understand operational needs and develop strategies for negotiating with labor partners.
  • Partners with local units to create relationships and partnerships to aid in smooth negotiations and overall operational implementation of contracts.
  • Drafts and interprets collective bargaining agreements and answers inquiries from County department heads, elected officials, employees, and union representatives regarding such agreements.
  • Coordinates the administration of collective bargaining agreements for all labor units within the County.
  • Partners with Human Resources to aid in contract interpretation, implementation of contract language and other matters related to contract interpretation.
  • Handles grievances by investigating and researching labor relations problems and responding to unions on behalf of employer. Makes decisions on outcomes of grievances and on resolving other labor disputes.
  • Prepares responses to union grievances, negotiates, and prepares settlement agreements and letters of understanding with bargaining units.
  • Facilitates on-going communication and working relationships with employee representative organizations including leadership of joint labor-management committees.
  • Aids Human Resources department and Corporation Counsel regarding application of statutes, regulations, contracts, and employee relations practices relating to their functional areas.
  • Receives and responds to information requests from the unions under the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA).
  • Represents the County at union special conferences and arbitration hearings.
  • Coordinates and manages any matters filed with Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) or other Administrative Agencies related to labor relations.
  • Interacts with arbitrators, mediators, and union representatives on labor relations matters.
  • Coordinates legal labor relations matters with Corporation Counsel and contracted law firms and reviews legal briefs.
  • Attends and participates at high level strategy meetings involving the Corporation Counsel, County Administrator, and Executive Director of Human Resources regarding labor relations issues.
  • Coordinates labor relations functions with Corporation Counsel and various staff members of the Human Resources Department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skilled in contract negotiations and legal proceedings related to labor law.
  • Able to diffuse tense or contentious situations between labor partners and management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and documentation.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of employee and labor relations, collective bargaining, and employment laws.
  • Must understand basic Human Resources theories, practices, and techniques.
  • Able to develop programs and administration principles and practices.
  • Experience and skill in practical application of collective bargaining and employment laws.
  • Effective written and oral communications, listening, presentation, group facilitation; influencing, and negotiations.
  • Application of processes for influencing performance management.
  • Effective use of mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Skills in basic office technology and equipment.
  • Coordinating activities with other internal departments and/or external agencies.
  • Effective project and time management skills.
  • Able to work with diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff.
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, read printed and electronic materials, and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation, including, but not limited to visual and/or audio logical appliances and devices to increase mobility.
  • Equivalent to possession of a bachelor's degree with major coursework in business or public administration, with courses taken in labor relations and personnel management.
  • Four (4) years experience in labor relations and/or Human Resources, preferably in a public agency setting.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2201-1100-3395-0001


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