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Labor Relations Manager

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Lewiston, Idaho 83501
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1st Shift, 2nd Shift
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Clearwater Paper - Labor Relations Manager

Lewiston, Idaho

Clearwater Paper Corporation, a $1.8B publicly traded company (Stock: CLW), is a producer of private label tissue and paperboard products with 3,300 employees and 8 manufacturing locations in the United States.

 This role requires a valued strategic member of the site leadership team, providing comprehensive employee relations and labor consultation throughout the Lewiston facility.   Under general direction, provide significant labor relations support in building the satisfactory relationships between the company and the union members. Ability to establish effective relationships and align business practices.

 Responsible for the interpretation and administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in accordance with labor and employment law, regulatory requirements and company policy, and serves as the primary contact for bargaining unit leadership. Maintains consistent CBA interpretation and positive relationship with employees. 

 Clearwater Paper has a long successful history with a portfolio of respected products and presence throughout North America and beyond.


Key Deliverables

  • Provide day to day leadership serving as a resource and point of contact to management and employees on issues that arise in the workplace by consistently interpreting, applying and administering company policies and labor contracts.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with various labor unions. First point of contact for bargaining unit leadership.
  • Facilitate decisions insuring consistent interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements, including timely resolution of employee complaints and grievances.
  • Collect and analyze data for use in formulating negotiation proposals and develop recommendations for bargaining positions. Lead preparation of and participates in contract negotiations and agreements as required.
  • Drive the company’s efforts to resolve labor issues before the grievance process. Provide leadership, advice, and assistance to managers on first and second step grievances. Brief and participate with HR Manager on third step grievances and arbitrations.
  • Provide counsel to the site’s management teams regarding interpretation of current working agreements.
  • Track and maintain all relevant issues for grievance resolution and contract negotiations.
  • Assist with strategic planning integrating labor relations and operational issues on site.
  • Coordinate with management and unions on job analysis proceedings.
  • Lead and coordinate union management meetings and development of agenda.
  • Build and manage strong relationships with leaders throughout the organization.
  • Conduct thorough investigations of grievances and other employee issues and contract compliance. Ensure consistency for all disciplinary actions.
  • Assist Sr. HR Manager with the appropriate steps to be taken to correct unacceptable employee behavior. Lead discipline meetings with superintendents and department managers. 
  • Assist Sr. HR Manager with development of training programs and leads or participates in the presentations.
  • Responsible for ensuring managers and supervisors are trained in and understand the CBA and all processes around managing a union workforce.
  • Handle Labor Relations Training for supervisors and managers at non-union site.
  • Participate in the development of department and division policies for hourly workforce.
  • Prepare and distribute information regarding changes or implementation on policies, practices and procedures to all hourly employees.
  • Serve as a resource for managers/supervisors on various HR and department policies.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Undergraduate in Human Resources or Industrial Relations, or Business Management or related field preferred.
  • Masters in Human Resources or related field preferred.
  • Must have the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required and must be demonstrable.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Knowledge of labor law
  • Collective Bargaining: knowledge of collective bargaining processes, contract negotiation, labor and management relationships.
  • Grievance resolution: knowledge of procedures used to investigate and resolve grievances.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of people, mediate, persuade, and influence managers at all levels with a strong ability to lead change.
  • Intermediate Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required and working knowledge of HRIS payroll system.  

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