American Water Works Service Company Inc Labor Relations Manager in Alton, Illinois

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Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water andadditionalcareer opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

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Primary Rolen


+ To optimize business performance by focusing on labor relations in the designated area, ensuring compliance to State and Federal laws, regulatory agencies, company policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Serve as the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations as part of the management negotiations team.

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+ Responsible for all collective bargaining agreement administration, interpretation, application, and negotiation in designated area.

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Key Accountabilitiesn


+ Prepare for labor negotiations, contract administration, contract language interpretation, application, and grievance procedures as well as participate in arbitrations, litigations, grievance meetings and hearings. Serve as the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations as part of the management negotiations team.

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+ Ensure compliance with various State and Federal laws and/or agencies throughout a diverse region; guiding business managers to proactively identify and navigate risks.

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+ Manage the collective bargaining process; develop contract language and assess impact of scenarios for designated area of responsibility.

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+ Participate in contract negotiations for all contracts in designated area.

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+ Provide consistent labor relations information and advice to local management and other HR professionals as required. Develop positive, constructive Union/Management relationships. Assist with Corporate Governance activities as directed. Provide expert advice and guidance in support of business development projects (due diligence; labor/employee relations; inputs on bids; integration, etc.) including Union Awareness requirements (if needed).

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+ Act as primary contact for all labor relations in designated area of responsibility focusing on Collective Bargaining Agreement administration, interpretation, application, and negotiation.

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+ Work within AW Labor Relations Strategies to implement practices, policies and programs that cultivate positive relationships in the Union/Non-Union and Management Workforce. Support and develop training programs and other development initiatives which drive and facilitate our success. Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business.

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Knowledge / Skillsn


+ Ability to effectively provide experti e with LR and related HR issues at all levels of the organization.

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+ Strong management skills which include planning, organization, team building, strategic focus, influencing, and people development.

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+ Proven track record of supporting change programs and partnering with business managers, peers, and Operational leaders.

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+ Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral, with all levels within and outside the organization.

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+ Extensive knowledge of all Human Resources areas including employment law, labor laws, EEO, ERISA, and other compliance mandates

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Experience / Educationn


+ 8 - 10 years Labor relations experience with a union workforce and Labor contract negotiations

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+ Experience with arbitrations and mediations. Demonstrated experience as the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations.

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+ Experience with all varieties of LR and related HR issues with a tactical, hands-on approach.

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+ PHR/SPHR desirable

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+ Bachelor?s Degree in Human Resources or related field preferred Masters Degree Desirable equivalent years of experience may be considered

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Travel Requirementsn