Summary Report for:
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
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures.
- Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances.
- Draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining or other labor negotiations.
- Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives.
- Identify alternatives to proposals of unions, employees, companies, or government agencies.
- Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes.
- Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability.
- Mediate discussions between employer and employee representatives in attempt to reconcile differences.
- Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements.
- Negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
- 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.
- Prepare reports or presentations to communicate employee satisfaction or related data to management.
- Present the position of the company or of labor during arbitration or other labor negotiations.
- Propose resolutions for collective bargaining or other labor or contract negotiations.
- Recommend collective bargaining strategies, goals, or objectives.
- Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations.
- Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment.
- Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings.
- 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.
- Assess risk levels associated with collective bargaining strategies.
- Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations.
- Develop employee health and safety policies.
- Develop methods to monitor employee satisfaction with policies or working conditions, including grievance or complaint procedures.
- Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify.
- Provide expert testimony in legal proceedings related to labor relations or labor contracts.
- Research case law or outcomes of previous case hearings.
- Select mediators or arbitrators for labor disputes or contract negotiations.
- Train managers or supervisors on topics related to labor relations, such as working conditions, safety, or equal opportunity practices.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Inkjet printers — Office inkjet printers
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Personal computers
- Photocopiers — Digital copiers
- Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators
- Scanners — Image scanners
Technology used in this occupation:
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
- 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)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Detailed Work Activities
- Collect evidence for legal proceedings.
- Evaluate personnel practices to ensure adherence to regulations.
- Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
- Prepare regulatory or compliance documentation.
- Update knowledge of legal or regulatory environments.
- Negotiate agreements to resolve disputes.
- Organize special events.
- Assess risks to business operations.
- Establish organizational guidelines or policies.
- Establish business management methods.
- Arrange collective bargaining agreements.
- Advise others on human resources topics.
- Measure effectiveness of business strategies or practices.
- Present business-related information to audiences.
- Train personnel on managerial topics.
Interest code: ECS
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$27.38 hourly, $56,950 annual|
|Employment (2012)||78,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||14,200|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Human Resources Specialists and Labor Relations Specialists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.