Labor Relations Representative
Job Posted: 19 October 2023
Company: Cleveland-Cliffs
Closing Date: 31 December 2023
Location: Burns Harbor, IN


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Cleveland-Cliffs Steel has an immediate opportunity for a Labor Relations Representative at our Burns Habor, Indiana operation. The Labor Relations Representative is responsible for building and maintaining positive working relationships with union representatives, as well as advising and counseling management for union-related matters. The ideal candidate will be open to learning labor relations or have prior experience, able to collaborate with leadership and union representatives and drive company stances on various proceedings.

Summary of Responsibilities:
  • Provide advice, attend, and draft position statements on issues filed in the grievance procedures and investigations.
  • Coach, advise, and train management on the best practices for labor relations issues such as collective bargaining, responding to grievances, discipline, attendance management, and other LR concerns.
  • Investigate, assist, draft, and represent the company’s position in various proceedings such as NLRB, unemployment, EEOC, arbitration, and/or other labor negotiations.
  • Negotiate and draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining and departmental mutual agreements.
  • Maintain active involvement and interaction with local union representatives and departmental management to help foster a positive labor/management relationship in assigned areas.
  • Ability to interpret and apply the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USW and plant policies and regulations.
  • Work in a heavy industrial setting and with employees in a strong union environment.
  • Support corporate safety initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 1-3+ years of working in a human resources or labor relations capacity in a union environment or equivalent education with a master’s degree from an accredited college or university may be considered.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prepare and present material to third parties.
  • Proven experience in maintaining relationships with multiple levels of an organization.
  • Advanced organizational, analytical, writing, advocacy, consultative, problem-solving, and coaching skills in order to be decisive and able to influence others.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Self-starter who displays motivation, innovation, and enthusiasm.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Resources, or Law Degree.
  • 4 years+ of working in a labor relations capacity in a union environment.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including but not limited to, NLRA, EEO, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, and USERRA.
Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. 

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest flat-rolled steel company and the largest iron ore pellet producer in North America. The Company is vertically integrated from mined raw materials, direct reduced iron, and ferrous scrap to primary steelmaking and downstream finishing, stamping, tooling, and tubing. We offer an excellent total compensation package including top pay with variable compensation opportunity, health insurance, retirement plan, education assistance, paid time off and more! 

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 1-(312) 899-3097 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Do not email your application materials to this email address. Application materials sent to this email address will not be considered.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is an equal opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability. We are a drug-free workplace and conduct pre-employment screening as a condition of employment.