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Facility HR & Labor Relations Manager


Gilboa, NY, US


The Facility HR & Labor Relations Manager is responsible for implementing and managing the labor relations and the human resource strategies and programs at the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project in Gilboa, NY. This position reports to the Manager, Senior HR Business Partner with dotted lines to the Regional Manager and Director Labor Relations. #LI-HA1


  • Manage all facility employment for union and non-union positions including recruiting, selection, testing, background checks, and orientation / on-boarding as well as all aspects of ongoing federally mandated random screening.
  • Conduct staffing needs assessments to determine whether to fill vacant positions, add new positions, or change a position's function, to include evaluating staffing changes' organizational impacts. Facilitate workforce planning and discussion of retention strategies with customers, serving in a consultative role.
  • Serve as a confidential resource for employee concerns. Provide consultation and advice to internal clients on employee relations after seeking guidance from HQ Employee Relations. 
  • Manage workers compensation claims, FMLA, and other related benefit inquiries for non-union employees.
  • Facilitate and consult on succession planning, performance planning, knowledge loss risk assessments, annual compensation planning, and other corporate planning processes. 
  • Work with corporate benefits department, administer benefit plans including, the scheduling and coordination of site open enrollment and health fair events. Manage workers compensation claims, FMLA, and process benefits and other related benefit inquiries for both union and non-union employees.
  • Lead and coordinate facility management team protocol group meetings and advise Regional Manager and Project senior management on regular basis to reinforce knowledge of CBA content and ensure consistent implementation of its terms and conditions.
  • Provide advice and technical expertise on labor relations matters to line managers to ensure that standards are applied consistently and correctly. This requires an appreciation of each region -- its staff and business needs.
  • Work with management team to translate labor relations joint projects and concerns into well-defined requirements with clearly defined business cases to support change and join union initiatives.
  • Participate in NYPA labor relations protocol group as assigned relating to collective bargaining negotiations, impact bargaining sessions, Step D Grievance meetings, Safety Committee, Health Care Cost Containment Committee, arbitration hearings and Public Employment Relations Board proceedings and if applicable 457 Committee.
  • Provide new hire orientation regarding CBA items for new union and union supervisory personnel.
  • For the craft, establish and oversee appropriate cross-training / rotational / project opportunities within the plant, with a specific focus on ensuring succession planning candidates receive developmental opportunities.
  • Champion and provide on-site support for HR technologies and planned upgrades / enhancements and employee productivity (monitor employee absences / attendance).
  • Manage labor relations and grievance fact-finding meetings and consensus reviews with appropriate Facility management and for policy grievances and actions that may lead to disciplinary action above the counseling level with headquarters Director of Labor Relations and Law Department staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Current knowledge of human resource/Labor Relations areas required.
  • Ability to work comfortably with all levels and all areas of the organization is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., tact/diplomacy, persuasion, cooperation, negotiations) are required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (e.g., presentation, listening, report writing) are required.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills are required. 
  • Ability to resolve disputes and observe confidentiality is required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Outlook.
  • Proficient in use of HRIS systems; SAP experience a plus.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Degree in Human Resource Management, Labor Relations or Business Administration or related; preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in an HR Generalist role in a Union environment with demonstrated labor relations grievance, negotiations, and strategy accountabilities - required.
  • Experience in the electric utility industry is preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • 25% travel required within NY State


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