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.
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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|Calculators or accessories — Handheld calculators|
|Facsimile machines — Fax machines|
|Notebook computers — Laptop computers|
|Photocopiers — Digital copiers|
|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|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
Interest code: ECS
|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.|
|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.|
|Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.|
|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
Employment data collected from Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other.
Industry data collected from Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other.
|Median wages (2012)||$26.28 hourly, $54,660 annual|
|Employment (2010)||442,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Faster than average (20% to 28%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||165,300|
|Top industries (2010)|
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Human Resources Specialists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.