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13-1075.00 - Labor Relations Specialists

Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

Sample of reported job titles: Business Agent, Business Representative, Field Operations Coordinator, Grievance Manager, Labor Relations Director, Labor Relations Specialist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining or other labor negotiations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify alternatives to proposals of unions, employees, companies, or government agencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mediate discussions between employer and employee representatives in attempt to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Negotiate collective bargaining agreements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and submit required governmental reports or forms related to labor relations matters, such as equal employment opportunity (EEO) forms, new hire forms, or minority compensation reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports or presentations to communicate employee satisfaction or related data to management. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Present the position of the company or of labor during arbitration or other labor negotiations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Propose resolutions for collective bargaining or other labor or contract negotiations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend collective bargaining strategies, goals, or objectives. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write letters related to labor relations activities, such as letters to amend collective bargaining agreements, letters of dispute or conciliation, or letters to seek clarification of contract terms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess risk levels associated with collective bargaining strategies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop employee health and safety policies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop methods to monitor employee satisfaction with policies or working conditions, including grievance or complaint procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide expert testimony in legal proceedings related to labor relations or labor contracts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research case law or outcomes of previous case hearings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select mediators or arbitrators for labor disputes or contract negotiations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train managers or supervisors on topics related to labor relations, such as working conditions, safety, or equal opportunity practices. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Inkjet printers — Office inkjet printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Digital copiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Image scanners See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Human resources software — Internet Grievance System IGS; LaborSoft LaborForce Arbitration/Appeals Manager module; LaborSoft LaborForce Reporting/Dashboard Manager module; Micropact entellitrak Labor Relations Edition (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Collect evidence for legal proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate personnel practices to ensure adherence to regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare regulatory or compliance documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update knowledge of legal or regulatory environments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Negotiate agreements to resolve disputes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organize special events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess risks to business operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish organizational guidelines or policies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish business management methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange collective bargaining agreements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on human resources topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure effectiveness of business strategies or practices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present business-related information to audiences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on managerial topics. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
89 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
61 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
56 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
33 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
22 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
78 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.
67 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
64 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $27.38 hourly, $56,950 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 78,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Other Services (Except Public Administration) (76% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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