Employee And Labor Relations Manager

Rush University Medical Center Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

Employee and Labor Relations Manager

Rush University Medical Center presents an exciting opportunity for an Employee and Labor Relations Manager. This position supports positive and effective employee and labor relations as well as serving as an employee relations content expert in an integrated HR business partner and practice center model in a unionized healthcare setting. The Employee and Labor Relations Manager leads and manages efforts in various areas of expertise, including improved data reporting and interpretive analysis, discovery of trends and opportunities, and identification of leading practices. This individual serves as a contact for segments of the organization without an assigned business partner, interprets Rush HR policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and wide range of legal and compliance regulations. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

Labor Relations

  • Directly performs day-to-day labor relations activities including contract administration, labor management meetings, and information request.

  • Serves as second chair or chief negotiator during labor contract negotiations.

Policy Development

  • Develops and implements processes and policies associated with city, state, and federal employment-based laws and regulations that apply to healthcare and are aligned with benchmarked leading practices.

  • Coordinates the development of updates to Human Resources Policies and Procedures including collaborating with stakeholders and drafting new policy language.


  • Provides interpretive guidelines and serves as a content expert to HR business partners as well as other Rush clients regarding labor contracts, HR policies and procedures, employment laws, reductions in force, and regulatory requirements.

  • Ensures structure, processes, and policies are in place to support a wide range of human resources-based legal and compliance requirements.

Employee Appeal Procedure

  • Acts as a hearing officer and investigator for union and non-union formal and informal grievances, functioning as a mediator where appropriate.

Diversity and EEO Compliance

  • Oversees all required diversity-related reporting including supporting the development and implementation of action plans.

  • Reviews and analyzes employee litigation to identify trends and develop recommendations to reduce litigation risks.

  • Oversees the general coordination of discovery responses, including coordination discovery responses for assigned business units.

  • Conducts investigations of discriminatory/harassment allegations as needed.

Positive Employee Relations

  • Conducts needs assessment using a variety of data metrics.

  • Develops and delivers training as appropriate on employee relations issues, policies, and administrative procedures.

  • Develops and implements individualized employee relations interventions in collaboration with HR business partners.

Position Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Master's degree preferred.

  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred.

  • Eight years of progressively more responsible work experience that includes a role in union negotiations and significant employee relations consultation.

  • Proficient in costing analysis of economic proposals.

  • Strong project management and critical thinking skills including proven problem-solving and planning skills.

  • Experience and interest in profess improvement techniques and benchmarking.

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends from a variety of data sources.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that are adaptive to educationally and organizationally diverse audiences.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff and a wide range of management levels and departments.

  • Self-directed, yet able to work in a matrix reporting structure and manage multiple priorities and projects.

  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally.

  • Extensive knowledge of applicable state and federal employment and labor laws and governmental compliance requirements.

  • Extensive knowledge of information technology, including software technology, used in the HR function.

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush is an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

  • Ranked among the top 20 best places to work in healthcare by Indeed.

  • Rush is ranked second for Quality and Accountability among 102 leading academic medical centers in the United States in a study conducted by the health care services company Vizient.

  • For the 12th consecutive time, Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center received an A grade in a nationwide safety evaluation of hospitals, putting them among the top 2.2 percent of hospitals.

  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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Employee And Labor Relations Manager

Rush University Medical Center