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Senior Manager Labor Relations

Job ID: PS103030
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: New York, NY, United States
Department: Vice Pres Labor Relations Det
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023


Title:                                             Senior Manager Labor Relations                               

Department:                                  Labor Relations    

Post Date:                                     09/16/2022    

Close Date:                                   Open until filled        

Hay Point Evaluation:                  805

Salary Range:                               $101,986-$133,857

Position Classification:                Non-Safety Sensitive

Location:                                      Queens  

Reports To:                                   Director Labor Relations - Administration 


This is a Non-Represented Position.


This position is eligible for telework. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


Please note that this position has been designated as a “Policy Maker” pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics.  As such, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement that will be provided to you by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Provide counsel and direction on the administration of labor agreements to ensure the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) primary mission to deliver a safe, reliable and efficient transportation service to the public. This position provides experienced interpretation and advisement on labor-management activities, collective bargaining agreements and labor law to protect the LIRR’s financial interests and promote its strategic goals, with an objective to prevent and resolve labor disputes. 

This position also represents the LIRR at disciplinary and contract interpretation arbitrations and has the authority to settle cases and resolve other disputes to protect the interests of the LIRR.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Manage grievance and disciplinary cases appealed by the various unions to the Labor Relations Department.  Represent the LIRR during on property appeal hearings with the various union leaders. Research and prepare appeal denial letter within time limits. Calculate the cost or liability of claims. Negotiate stipulations of settlement where appropriate. Analyze cases and make decisions to uphold, overturn or modify decisions made by Department Heads/designees related to such appeals. Represent the LIRR at contract interpretation and disciplinary arbitrations. Prepare persuasive and well supported briefs/submissions for arbitration. Present Carrier's position through oral argument in arbitration hearings.

Manage and provide direction to departmental managers in handling contract interpretation, employee complaints, dispute resolution, implementing new initiatives within contractual restraints and related to contracting-out issues.

Advise and counsel Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer and two (2) Directors-Labor Relations on current labor relations issues. Provide consultation and expert advice to management or other groups on handling labor relations issues. Represent the Deputy Labor Relations Officer and two (2) Directors - Labor Relations at various meetings as needed. Provide instruction at training classes as necessary.

Plan and participate in collective bargaining sessions. Prepare local written agreements with and communications to the various Labor Organizations. Administer certain contractual provisions that include payments and other required contractual entitlements.

Ensure a safe working environment and adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures. Lead by example.

Represent the Deputy Chief Labor Relations Officer in various Carrier forums such as interdepartmental meetings with the operating departments, the Law Department, Human Resources, Medical, and Safety. Perform other assignments as requested bv senior management.

  • Must have a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial & Labor Relations or a related field.  Juris Doctorate or Master’s in Industrial/Labor Relations strongly preferred.
  • Must have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience in Labor Relations and/or labor and employment law.
  • Must have knowledge about the Railway Labor Act
  • Ability to successfully manage and coordinate multiple assignments and issues simultaneously.
  • Must possess experience in collective bargaining administration and dispute resolution.
  • Must possess experience in representing management/union at contract interpretation or disciplinary grievance hearings.
  • Must possess strong mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Must possess solid judgment skills and be a self-starter, and able to handle conflict.
  • Must possess superior analytic ability as well as oral and written communication skills


Preferred/Desirable Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctorate is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience with the LIRR collective bargaining agreements and/or those at another railroad.

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to a pre-screening assessment (i.e., physical, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance.  Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process.

A medical examination and safety-sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

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MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.
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