Labor Relations Consultant IV
Job Posted: 16 December 2022
Company: Kaiser Permanente
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Pasadena, CA


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Job Summary:

This individual contributor is primarily responsible for negotiates, implements, and administers collective bargaining and labor agreements under guidance and conducting Union relations activities and initiatives under guidance.

This position supports the development and implementation of the Regions and National Labor Relations strategy and manages and integrates case handling and resolution of grievances under guidance.

Essential Responsibilities:
    • Practices self-development and promotes learning in others by proactively providing information, resources, advice, and expertise with coworkers and customers; building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders; influencing others through technical explanations and examples; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; listening and responding to, seeking, and addressing performance feedback; providing feedback to others; creating and executing plans to capitalize on strengths and develop weaknesses; supporting team collaboration; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.
    • Completes work assignments and supports business-specific projects by applying expertise in subject area; supporting the development of work plans to meet business priorities and deadlines; ensuring team follows all procedures and policies; coordinating resources to accomplish priorities and deadlines; collaborating cross-functionally to make effective business decisions; solving complex problems; escalating high priority issues or risks as appropriate; and recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities.
    • Conducts Union relations activities and initiatives under guidance by collaborating with Union officials; serving as a point of contact to union representatives; creating reports and information for sharing Union relations strategies; designing committees; developing strategies and methods for addressing joint interests; implementing labor relations plans; developing and maintaining positive relationships with union leadership; assuming leadership role in joint L/M endeavors; and conducting impact bargaining resulting from the effect of business decisions on terms and conditions of employment or negotiated provisions.
    • Negotiates, implements, and administers collective bargaining and labor agreements under guidance by ensuring alignment with Region and Business Unit objectives; preparing information for management; reviewing industrial labor relations programs to ensure compliance; conducting wage and economic forecasting and trending; developing contractual language, wage schedules, and costing reports; analyzing and developing proposals and economic recommendations; implementing negotiated provisions; coordinating and training management negotiating teams; compiling, researching, and preparing negotiation data (i.e., surveys, costing materials); developing bargaining strategy; and assisting in the management of labor job actions (i.e., work stoppages, picketing, leafleting).
    • Supports the development and implementation of the Regions and National Labor Relations strategy by accounting for federal and state laws, including the National Labor Relations Act; accounting for long-term labor implications of business decisions; ensuring alignment of Regional and National strategies; ensuring alignment of plans and initiatives with strategy; providing LR consultation regarding Human Resources/business unit implications; collaborating with HR and business leadership to ensure understanding of strategy; and providing on-going consultation on decision-making forums (i.e., LMP Oversight Committee, Negotiation Teams).
  • Manages and integrates case handing and resolution of grievances under guidance by engaging in dispute resolution as appropriate; minimizing liability; responding to union/management issues; supporting legal counsel during arbitration/mediation; consulting with stakeholders on grievances, investigations, and disputes; evaluating issues for contractual violations; and recommending remedies to grieving parties.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in Human Resources, Business, Social/Behavioral Science, Education, Public Administration, Liberal Arts, Law, or related field and Minimum five (5) years experience in human resources, business operations, consulting, legal, or a related field, including at least 3 years labor relations experience in a unionized environment. Additional equivalent work experience in a directly related field may be substituted for the degree requirement.  Advanced degrees in the areas listed above may be substituted for years of experience.
  • N/A
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years experience administering labor grievance and arbitration procedures, including dispute resolution.
  • One (1) year experience as a chief negotiator of labor agreements.
  • One (1) year experience in impact bargaining for labor agreements.
  • Three (3) years health care experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience writing labor agreements, contracts, or letters of understanding.
  • Two (2) years experience in a leadership role with or without direct reports.
  • Masters degree in Human Resources, Business, Social/Behavioral Science, Education, Public Administration, Liberal Arts, Law, or related field.
  • JD degree.
  • Senior Human Resources Professional Certification (SHRM-SCP or SPHR).
  • Human Resources Professional Certification (SHRM-CP or PHR).
Primary Location: California, Pasadena, Walnut Center - Regional Offices
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40
Shift: Day
Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM
Working Hours End: 05:00 PM
Job Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Standard
Employee Status: Regular
Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-SCAL-01|NUE|Non Union Employee
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Specialty: Labor Relations
Department: Regional Offices - Pasadena - Rgnl HR-Labor Relations - 0808
Travel: NoKaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.