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Working As A Labour Relations Representative

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $58,820

    Average Salary

What Does A Labour Relations Representative Do

Labor relations specialists interpret and administer labor contracts regarding issues such as wages and salaries, healthcare, pensions, and union and management practices.

Duties

Labor relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Advise management on contracts, worker grievances, and disciplinary procedures
  • Lead meetings between management and labor
  • Meet with union representatives
  • Draft proposals and rules or regulations
  • Ensure that human resources policies are consistent with union agreements
  • Interpret formal communications between management and labor
  • Investigate validity of labor grievances
  • Train management on labor relations

Labor relations specialists work with representatives in a labor union and a company’s management. In addition to leading meetings between the two groups, these specialists draft formal language as part of the collective bargaining process. These contracts are called collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), and they serve as a legal and procedural guide for employee/management relations.

Labor relations specialists also address specific grievances a worker might have, and ensure that all labor and management solutions comply within the relevant agreement.

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How To Become A Labour Relations Representative

Applicants usually have a bachelor’s degree in labor relations, human resources, industrial relations, business, or a related field. However, the level of education and experience required to become a labor relations specialist varies by position and employer.

Education

Labor relations specialists usually have a bachelor’s degree. Some schools offer a bachelor’s degree in labor or employment relations. These programs focus on labor-specific topics such as employment law and contract negotiation.

Candidates also may qualify for labor relations specialist positions with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, industrial relations, business, or a related field. Coursework typically includes business, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many positions require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources specialists or generalists before specializing in labor relations.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some colleges and universities offer labor relations certificates to specialists who prefer greater specialization in certain topics, such as mediation. These certificates give participants a better understanding of labor law, the collective bargaining process, and worker grievance procedures.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Labor relations specialists use decisionmaking skills to help management and labor agree on decisions when resolving grievances or other disputes.

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating labor laws and maintaining records of an employee grievance. 

Interpersonal skills. Interpersonal skills are essential for labor relations specialists. When mediating between labor and management, specialists must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for labor relations specialists. When evaluating grievances, for example, they must pay careful attention to workers’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Writing skills. All labor relations specialists need strong writing skills to be effective at their job. They often draft proposals and must be able to convey complex information to both workers and management.

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Labour Relations Representative jobs

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Labour Relations Representative Career Paths

Labour Relations Representative
Labour Relations Manager Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Labour Relations Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Employee Relations Specialist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Labour Relations Director Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Compensation Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Supervisor Labour Relations Manager
Labour Relations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Labour Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Training Manager Store Manager
Store Director
7 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Labour Relations Representative Demographics

Gender

Male

51.3%

Female

46.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

80.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

French

10.3%

German

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Sanskrit

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Amharic

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Polish

2.6%
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Labour Relations Representative Education

Schools

Michigan State University

15.1%

Wayne State University

9.5%

Cornell University

7.9%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Capella University

5.6%

Central Michigan University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Villanova University

4.8%

Eastern Michigan University

4.0%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.0%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.0%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.0%

Temple University

3.2%

Chapman University

3.2%

Le Moyne College

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.2%

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

3.2%

University of Oregon

3.2%

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

3.2%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

25.1%

Business

23.3%

Law

17.4%

Management

3.7%

Political Science

3.7%

Psychology

3.4%

Public Administration

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Legal Support Services

2.1%

Sociology

2.1%

Elementary Education

1.6%

School Counseling

1.4%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Counseling Psychology

1.1%

Social Sciences

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

International Relations

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

37.5%

Bachelors

28.6%

Doctorate

14.6%

Other

11.0%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Labour Relations Representative Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations 92Nd Street Y New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations YMHA & YWHA-92Nd St. Young Men's & Women's Hebre New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Labor Relations Representative Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 30, 2013 $75,000
Representative-Labor Relations Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 30, 2014 $75,000
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations SPE Allied Informatics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Polimaster, Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 01, 2009 $49,462
Human Resources, Training, & Labor Relations Spec Polimaster, Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 01, 2009 $49,462
Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Training SPE J.A.V Food Corp San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2012 $47,590 -
$50,000
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Continental Auto Parts Newark, NJ Sep 07, 2010 $46,206
Human Resources, Labor Relations and Training Speci J.A.V Food Corp New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $43,827
Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Training SPE Penben Financial Services, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Sep 14, 2012 $41,205
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations United Cellular Inc. Grapevine, TX Oct 01, 2014 $40,196
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations United Cellular Inc. Irving, TX Oct 01, 2011 $40,196
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations SPE United Cellualr Inc. Irving, TX Sep 29, 2011 $40,196

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Top Skills for A Labour Relations Representative

GrievanceHearingsEnsureComplianceEEOCompanyPoliciesPersonnelISOSafetyContractNegotiationsFmlaLaborAgreementsBargainingUnitCounselCollectiveBargainingAgreementsDisciplinaryActionUAWHumanResourcesLaborLawPayrollContractAdministrationGrievanceProcess

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Top Labour Relations Representative Skills

  1. Grievance Hearings
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. EEO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings.
  • Facilitated communication with human resource and corporate senior leadership group to ensure compliance with Local and National agreements and employment laws.
  • Functioned as a company representative in investigations and hearings before the EEOC.
  • Investigated allegations of harassment and violations of company policies.
  • Full responsibility for initiating, implementing and evaluating labor relations strategies and personnel problems.

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