Labor Relations Representative 
Job Posted: 7 February 2024
Company: Cleveland-Cliffs
Closing Date: 6 May 2024
Location: East Chicago, IN, USA


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Job Description

Cleveland-Cliffs Steel has an immediate opportunity for a Labor Relations Representative at our Indiana Harbor operation in East Chicago, Indiana. 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 have prior labor relations experience, or will be open to learning, be able to collaborate with leadership and union representatives, and drive company stances on various proceedings. 

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice, attend meetings, 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 counterproposals for collective bargaining, settlement agreements, 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, as well as plant policies and regulations.
  • Work in a heavy industrial setting and with employees in a strong union environment, including on occasion wearing personal protective equipment and entering a mill environment.
  • Support corporate safety initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, or related field, from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 1+ years of working in a human resources or labor relations capacity.
  • Education equivalents may be substituted for work experience.  
  • 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, Outlook, Teams).
  • Self-starter who displays motivation, innovation, and enthusiasm.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Resources
  • Law Degree is a plus.
  • 5+ 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.

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!