Labor Relations Representative
County of Santa Clara 29 reviews - San Jose, CA

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Under direction to perform professional level labor relations staff duties.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

A supplemental questionnaire is required. Applications received without a completed supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

Click here to access all Memoranda of Understanding and most recent Summary of Changes.

Typical Tasks:
  • Serves as the chair or a member of a negotiating committee;
  • Develops negotiating proposals;
  • Researches, analyzes and costs union and County proposals;
  • Bargains within established limits;
  • Writes contract language;
  • Implements or assists in the implementation of negotiated agreements and arbitration awards;
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in meetings with the Board of Supervisors, department/agency heads and other County staff;
  • Consults and provides advise to operating departments regarding contract interpretation, Merit System Rules, Employee Relations Ordinance, State labor law, disciplinary actions and grievance handling;
  • Determines grievances that will be arbitrated or settled;
  • Selects arbitrators;
  • Prepares grievances for arbitrators by defining the issue, interviewing witnesses, and collecting other information;
  • Prepares and presents or assists in the presentation of cases in mediation, arbitration or mediation/arbitration;
  • Prepares and presents, or assists in the presentation of discipline appeal cases to the Personnel Board or hearing officer;
  • Develops and maintains communications with labor organization representatives;
  • Develops and implements training programs on labor relations topics;
  • Coordinate various division and county staff as required by assignments, e.g., serving as negotiating committee chair, and implementing agreements;
  • May supervise subordinate professional and clerical staff;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards:

Education, training and experience, which directly demonstrates the possession and application of the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

Note: The knowledge and abilities required to perform this function are normally acquired through training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four year college or university plus three years of progressively, responsible administrative experience at least one year of which was in the field of labor relations as a representative.

Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of collective bargaining;
  • Laws relating to labor relations with emphasis on California public sector laws, regulations and court decisions;
  • Principles of organization and management;
  • Research and data collection techniques;
  • Communications techniques for gathering, evaluating and transmitting information;
  • Methods of dispute resolution;
  • Grievance procedures;
  • Current labor relations practices, trends and major problems in the public sector;
  • Some positions may require detailed knowledge of Santa Clara County personnel and payroll systems.
Ability to:
  • Successfully negotiate a labor agreement;
  • Initiate, plan and complete assigned duties with a minimum amount of supervision;
  • Perform research, analysis and evaluation of facts and conflicting evidence;
  • Reason logically and reach sound conclusions;
  • Learn higher level labor relations skills;
  • Communicate effectively through clear and concise written correspondence and oral presentations;
  • Establish working relationships with various labor organizations and management staff;
  • Persuade and justify recommendations.
Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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