• Labor Relations Negotiator

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Job ID
    Human Resources
    Clearance Level
  • Overview

    RGS, a USfalcon company is providing Labor and Employee Relations Support to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) Human Resources Department (HRD) located in Washington, DC. The Employee and Labor Relations Management (ELRMD) is a division within HRD. ELRMD’s mission is to provide professional, timely, and consistent service and advice to PBGC managers, supervisors, and executive staff through effectively managing and administering the program areas of employee relations and labor management. The Labor Relations (LR) staff within ELRMD is responsible for ensuring that an effective labor management relations program is carried out at PBGC. They are the principal point of contact for conducting business with the employee union (comprising approximately 500 professional and nonprofessional employees of the PBGC). The LR staff is responsible for giving the union official notice and opportunity to bargain changes in conditions of employment for bargaining unit employees and responding to all union inquiries. The LR staff is responsible for conducting negotiations with the union. In connection with these duties, the LR Staff provides advice and assistance to the PBGC managers and supervisors on fulfilling their daily labor relations responsibilities.


    *This role requires 30-35 hours per week.

    *There is flexibility to work remote


    • Provide labor relations consultant services to support a Federal Agency labor relations program, specifically, negotiation, to Agency-head approval of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In addition, provide post-CBA assistance of up to 90-days following Agency-head approval to assist in training management employees and to prepare a CBA summary briefing book for managers.
    • Specific duties required to support the negotiation of a CBA are as follows: (a) Develop a research method and plan for identifying Agency managements’ overall position on CBA provisions. This plan will involve, at a minimum, gathering information from Agency managers/supervisors in different departments.
    • Must have the ability to develop and submit a formal report summarizing the method of research for approval prior to implementation.
    • In coordination with Agency management, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and other Agency senior leadership, gather information and conduct research to identify management’s position on CBA provisions. Ability to conduct the necessary information gathering and submit a report summarizing findings.
    • Meet with and provide advice to Agency management on relevant strategies to achieve the Agency’s collective bargaining goals. Meet with management on at least a weekly basis to report on and discuss findings, strategy, and recommendations. Conduct relevant research and draft proposals that represent and support management's interests and position for CBA negotiations. Develop and submit draft proposals and a report summarizing any associated research to Agency management, OGC and other relevant agency leadership.
    • Prepare for and support table negotiations for Ground Rules. Prepare for and support table negotiations to achieve a full term (multi-year) collective bargaining agreement. May serve as lead in negotiations when Labor Relations Manager is absent. Prior to conducting table negotiation sessions, ascertain the extent and scope of authority at the table from agency senior leadership and remain within that scope at all times. Meet with a management bargaining team on strategic approaches as often as daily during active table negotiations, as necessary to achieve the objectives. Ensure final proposals developed and offered to the Union are in keeping with those parameters. Prepare and submit a weekly status report summarizing the negotiations.
    • Review each union-provided CBA Article proposal and counter-proposal (both Ground Rules and substantive bargaining) and conduct necessary research relating thereto. Prepare and submit a report to Agency management and OGC on each proposal and counter-proposal, as appropriate, with initial proposals and initial counter-proposals receiving greater analysis. At a minimum, the report must describe the results of the research conducted including compliance with applicable FLRA precedent and discuss practical ramifications/application of the proposal/counter-proposal. The report will also provide recommendations and rationale regarding whether to accept or reject (some or all as appropriate) the provisions of the Union CBA proposal/counter-proposal.
    • Communicate with the Union, formally and informally, as requested during the normal course of business when conducting CBA negotiations. The topics of those discussions must be shared with Agency management and OGC as part of the weekly meetings. Provide post-CBA assistance of up to 90-days following Agency-head approval to assist in training management employees and to prepare a CBA summary briefing book for managers.



    Required Skills:

    • 10 years’ progressively responsible experience in labor relations and contract negotiation experience, in the public sector. Working knowledge and experience in labor law and the processes and practices related to collective bargaining.
    • Ability to work independently under limited direction with a high level of autonomy and responsibility in accordance with Federal Agency rules and regulations, laws, and codes.
    • Ability to deal effectively with individuals of various backgrounds and to cope with conflicting points of view, functions under pressure and demonstrative discretion, integrity and fairness.
    • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval, and tracking.

    Desired Skills:

    • Effective and clear communication styles in both verbal and written.
    • Experienced in conducting complex workplace investigations.
    • Knowledgeable in best human resources practices, employee and labor relations, employment law, strategies and processes.
    • Ability to compile and analyze statistics.
    • Thorough knowledge of public sector labor relations practices

    Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

    Clearance: Ability to pass a background investigation


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