Manager, Labor Relations

Manager, Labor Relations

Eaton Technologies Private Limited
7-10 years
Not Specified

Job Description

Position Overview:
Eaton Corporation is seeking a Manager of Labor Relations. Reporting to the Director Labor Relations, this person will be based in our corporate office in Beachwood, OH.
Responsible for providing subject matter expertise and guidance for the Labor Relations function, to all union locations in the United States. In addition, this role will be responsible for leading Eaton’s Union Avoidance programs, including Site Assessments, Front Line Leader Training, Positive Employee Relations, etc. The role will encompass advising on complex employee relations cases and advising internal HR COEs on employee relations and compliance matters.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Drive Positive Employee Relations strategy for Eaton through the deployment of various different labor relations tools like site assessments, requiring partnership with the businesses to determine focus sites, creation and management of the processes and training of site assessors. Provide leadership to sites working through follow-up actions.
  • Provide expert guidance to union locations on common labor relations issues such as contract interpretation, outsourcing, layoffs, plant closures, unfair labor practice charges, and the grievance procedure (including arbitrations). Consult and coach union locations in building and executing negotiations strategies, including leading negotiations where required.
  • Partner with Benefits and Corporate COEs to provide strategy on initiatives that impact labor relations.
  • Drive organizational capability and functional excellence within the Labor Relations function, through development of standardized work, training and development plans, and real-time resources.
  • Consult with sites experiencing union activity or union campaigns. Recommend and execute strategy and approach; provide expert guidance as sites work through union avoidance communications and actions.
  • Manage and support employment policies and processes for the United States and Puerto Rico. Programs are large-scale and complex and support Eaton’s culture and practices as well as complying with government regulations and are designed to mitigate risk for Eaton. This may include policies and processes like background check, drug test, Form I9/E-Verify, etc.
  • Provide counsel on issues that are often non-routine and complex, requiring research, analysis, consideration of precedent, collaboration with corporate counsel and ultimately the recommendation of an appropriate response. Determining the optimal solution is based on legal compliance, business needs and doing the right thing

Position Criteria:
  • Expert knowledge and application of US employment law and the National Labor Relations Act
  • Significant experience with day to day application of HR policies and procedures. Practical understanding of policy and program impact on business.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Experience as 1st chair spokesperson for union negotiations
  • Experience managing large-scale cross functional projects
  • Ability to influence and impact others’ decision making
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make decisions; possesses managerial courage
  • Strong customer focus and interpersonal skills
  • Strong learning agility and learning application
Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 7 years of HR generalist experience, with at least two at the HR Manager level
  • Minimum of 2 years’ HR experience in a unionized manufacturing facility
  • Experience as 1st chair spokesperson for union negotiations
  • Legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship

  • An undergraduate degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred

  • Eaton recognizes this role as a critical position within the corporation and will create a compelling package consisting of a base salary, employee incentive compensation and complete benefits

  • This position will be based in our Beachwood, OH location

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We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

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