Waste Management Sr. Manager, Labor Relations in Houston, Texas

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

The Sr. Manager, Labor Relations, is a key role within the Labor Relations team. Using your listening and negotiating skills along with your top notch written and oral competence will drive success in this role. Creating campaigns, contract agreements, and the ability to build trust and relationships at all levels are critical as the Sr. Manager drives the synergies of the companies objectives.

The Sr. Manager, Labor Relations, reports directly to the VP, Labor & Employee Relations. This position will travel 75-80% of the time, in a geographic region. The preference for the location of this position is PNW, West Coast, Phoenix, AZ or Houston, TX.

I. Job Summary The Sr. Manager, Labor Relations, participates in labor & employee relations activities, including collective bargaining, union avoidance and employee relations and helps effectuate Company’s strategic goals in those areas under the direct supervision of the VP of Labor & Employee Relations.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.

Handle 5-10 union campaigns per year, including decertification campaigns.

Negotiate 10 – 20 collective bargaining contract agreements per year. Advise and collaborate with local District, Market Area and Corporate management to facilitate positive employee relations and communicate management’s policies on labor relations.
After consultation with Vice President of Labor Relations, resolve differing interpretations of the union contract and advise management on development, applications, and interpretation of company labor relations policies and practices. Monitor and ensure adherence to all collective bargaining agreement provisions. Stay current with new developments and interpretations in the field of labor law. Furnishes necessary information, such as labor market conditions, prevailing union and management practices, and employee benefits programs, for use in review of current contract provisions and recommend proposed changes. The position requires significant out of town travel (75-80%) and non-traditional working hours.
III. Supervisory Responsibilities This job has no supervisory duties, but may occasionally act as a team lead.

IV. Qualifications The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (accredited) in Human Resources, Business Administration, Legal or similar area of study, or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and 4 years of relevant work experience.

Experience: Minimum of Five (5) years of previous experience in collective bargaining or union avoidance and/or similar matters (in addition to education requirement).

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

None required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

Good negotiation skills. Capable of bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. Good active listening skills. Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate. Talking to others to effectively convey information. Using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Reading comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Know how to find information and identify essential information. Good writing skills. Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience. Problem identification skills. Identifying the nature of problems. Time management skills. Managing one’s own time and the time of others. Identifying downstream consequences. Determining the long-term outcomes of a change in operations. Persuading others to approach things differently.

V. Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) part of the work day; Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely; Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely; Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements part of the work day; Normal setting for this job is: both home office and facility setting.

Benefits At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site. If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply.”

I understand that applying to this job indicates that I have the legal right to work in the United States. I agree to perform physical duties of this position as outlined in the job with or without reasonable accommodations. I understand that if offered the position, I will be required to pass a drug screen.