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The Human Resources (HR) department's vision is to ensure the University of Washington's reputation as an employer parallels its reputation as a world-class university, allowing for individuals to achieve their full potential. HR's mission is to recruit, develop, and retain individuals whose work advances the vision and mission of the UW.
Labor Relations has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Labor Relations Negotiator.
The Labor Relations Department's mission is to provide comprehensive service to departments within the University and Medical Centers for all labor related issues, negotiate collective bargaining agreements with unions representing University staff in accordance with prevailing University policy, rules and law, work cooperatively with internal and external clients to implement contractual provisions, and generally to represent the University's interests when dealing with labor organizations representing University of Washington staff.
The position's purpose is to assist in the management of the day-to-day operations of the Labor Relations Office, act as liaison between the Labor Relations Office and internal and external clients, respond to contract interpretation inquiries, represent the department on University committees, legislative briefings and at Public Employment Relations Commission union representation elections, and participate on contract negotiation teams. The position partners with the Labor Relations team to promote the University's overall mission. The focus of the position will be to serve as a primary resource for UW Medicine.
With approximately 20,000 unionized employees within UW Medicine this position will be instrumental in carrying out UW Medicine's mission to continue to be an employer of choice and recruit and retain a diverse employee population while assisting the organizations within UW Medicine to properly position themselves for changes in the State and National healthcare landscapes.
DIMENSIONS AND IMPACT:
Over 60% of the annual "spend" of the UW is related to salaries and benefits. Of that number, approximately half is devoted to unionized staff. The position has an enormous impact on the financial viability of the UW, mitigating its legal exposure and assisting in the continued desire for the UW to be an "employer of choice." The risk mitigation component alone represents a sizeable potential impact to the UW as the volume, complexity and potential exposure to lawsuits, arbitrations and PERC rulings could have an immensely adverse impact on the UW.
Serving as a primary point of contact for UW Medicine management, staff and HR professionals for issues involving contract administration. Serving as a chief spokesperson for contract negotiations including strategy development, proposal drafting and analysis, team management, consensus building, and effective negotiation of final agreements with one or more of the following unions; Washington State Nurses Association (covering 1500 bargaining unit employees), Washington Federation of State Employees (covering 2800 bargaining unit employees), SEIU 925 or others that meet UW Medicine's interests. Critical to this function is the ability to direct and successfully implement full scope collective bargaining.
Serving as Labor Relations representative at applicable Joint Union/Management and ad hoc meetings with unions representing UW Medicine staff to promote collegial relationships with employee representatives by discussing promptly issues in departments that impact bargaining unit employees.
Advising medical center management and medical center HR professionals on labor developments and regulations, facilitating implementation of policies and systems changes within UW Medicine, mentoring staff in dispute management, and conflict resolution techniques.
Together with the Labor Relations team and, in particular, the Assistant VP of Labor Relations assigned to UW Medicine, assist in developing ongoing pro-active strategies to deal with culture change and movement of work within UW Medicine's complex environment, participating as the Labor Relations representative on committees involving labor issues, and serving as a resource for the implementation of UW Medicine's guiding labor principles.
Assisting with day-to-day administration of the Labor Relations office and being a valued team member within that group.
Representing UW Medicine before regulatory agencies, mediations, and arbitrations preserving UW Medicine's rights under the collective bargaining agreements. Acting as spokesperson for UW Medicine during union organizing campaigns ensuring that UW Medicine complies with Public Employment Relations Commission or National Labor Board requirements, as applicable.
Developing and presenting labor relations training to all levels of UW Medicine employees to educate administrators, managers and line staff as to labor developments, legislation impacting University employees, manager/employee relationships, and legal requirements of collective bargaining agreements.
Provide leadership and direction to collective bargaining management teams for contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation and other litigation strategy
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations, Business Administration, Public Administration or related.
Seven years of professional level labor relations experience in the public or private sector including demonstrated success as a chief negotiator in collective bargaining. Working in a labor relations capacity in a unionized entity.
Strong relationship building skills.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong leadership and team-building skills.
Extensive experience in administering multiple labor contracts.
Thorough knowledge of labor regulations.
Knowledge of employment and labor case law.
Knowledge of Human Resources best practices.
Knowledge of computer systems, word processing, software applications and the internet.
Problem solving, independent judgment and decision-making are a daily component of the position. Substantial tact, flexibility and discretion are necessary in dealing with clients under pressure of deadlines and/or politically sensitive issues. The ability to maintain a consultative approach with major administrative or organizational heads, managers and supervisors is essential. The employee in this position must model a collaborative style in facilitating partnerships between the operations units and Labor Relations.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Law or MBA degree.