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Labor Relations Coordinator

City of Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
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Full Time
1st Shift
  • Labor/Industrial Relations
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"There's no higher calling in terms of a career than public service, which is a chance to make a difference in people's lives and improve the world." ~Jack Lew
Our Labor Relations Division is at the heart of innovation in the City, working closely with our labor partners to conceptualize and implement new ways to attract, develop, and retain a talented, diverse workforce.
We are seeking a collaborative leader with an interest-based approach to labor relations, who has mastered the art of non-adversarial, productive relationship-building.  As the 16th largest city in the United States and the largest city in Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis maintains a collaborative nature of labor relations with its 24 unions.  There is significant variety to the contracts - with anywhere from five employees to hundreds.
This individual contributor will have autonomy in high-responsibility, challenging work.  In addition to developing effective working relationships with bargaining unit leadership and business agents, this highly visible role interfaces frequently with City leadership. 

Salary Range:  $92,244-$109,350.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Represent the City of Minneapolis in collective bargaining and negotiation processes with employee bargaining units, acting as a primary negotiator for assigned contracts.
  • Participate in the development of bargaining strategy including the analysis of salary and benefit data.
  • Identify areas of the collective bargaining agreements that need to be enacted or modified to allow for changing laws, prior to administration difficulties or philosophical changes in workforce management.
  • Communicate alternatives together with union demands to appropriate departmental and management officials, and the City Council, and recommend policy positions.
  • Participate in recommending labor agreements to the City Council.
  • Assist departments in developing appropriate positions on contract demands, grievance issues and other labor relations matters affecting their particular department.
  • Inform and provide support to managers/supervisors and employees of their rights and responsibilities under bargaining agreements, applicable laws, and Human Resources rules.
  • Analyze and strategize the implementation of proposed actions as they related to labor relations.
  • Investigate and respond to grievances, ensuring that meetings are set in a timely manner, representing the City's interest in grievance arbitration and maintaining an accurate database and hardcopy of the grievance trail.
  • Develop appropriate procedures for addressing employee grievances under collective bargaining agreement provisions, or Human Resources rules.
  • Represent the City's interest at unit determination hearings, at Civil Service Commission hearings and other like forums as the need arises, preparing and presenting cases in arbitration and administrative proceedings; unit determinations; representation elections and mediation proceedings.
  • Conduct research; prepare briefs and other documents as is necessary for arbitration or administrative proceedings.
  • Provide accurate and timely answers and/or proposals to questions posed by department heads and/or union officials.
  • Prepare the final written collective bargaining agreement incorporating the terms agreed upon to ensure dissemination of the final product in a timely manner.
  • Provide guidance to various City departments that request the opinion of the division when faced with questions regarding contract compliance.
Working Conditions:  Normal office setting.


 Required Qualifications:
Required Education:
Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations or equivalent.
JD preferred.
Required Experience:
Five years of experience performing duties related to those in the position, including experience handling grievances, and acting as a labor negotiator.

A cover letter and resume are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Highly skilled labor relations professional with considerable knowledge of labor relations laws, collective bargaining techniques, grievances administration, arbitration procedures, etc.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply laws and current best practices relative to labor relations and general human resources management.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computer systems and software relative to the work area.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, creative and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent decision making and problem resolution skills.
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong multi-cultural skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
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