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Labor Relations Director

at Kansas City Southern Railway

Posted: 5/26/2019
Job Reference #: 219806

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Job Summary:

The Labor Relations Director (the “Position”) supports the VP Labor Relations and shall assist with the development of the Company’s U.S. national and local bargaining strategies. The Position serves as the primary point of contact for certain organizations with first chair responsibility for the proper design, negotiation, drafting, integration, administration and application of the applicable collective bargaining agreements, policies, and procedures to achieve the designed corporate objectives. Additionally, the Position will serve as the primary point of contact for the Company for day-to-day technical expertise regarding such agreements. The Position will be responsible for the management and professional development of direct reports, if any.

Job Duties include:

National handling

  • Assists VP Labor Relations to develop the Company’s U.S. bargaining strategy, including performing research regarding collective bargaining agreements in support of the Company’s bargaining strategy.
  • Represents the Company on various working committees of the National Carriers Conference Committee (“NCCC”) and other industry organizations in the U.S.
  • Supports NCCC during national bargaining, including benchmarking past practices and analyzing collective bargaining agreement requirements for assigned crafts on the Carrier’s property.
  • Oversees the implementation of wage increases or other negotiated adjustments from U.S. national or local handling.

Managing and Negotiating Local Agreements

  • Serves as a Company subject matter expert to counsel departments on labor relations issues arising out of relevant agreements for assigned crafts; represents Labor Relations in cross-functional efforts that affect labor in the U.S.
  • Works with various departments to determine operating objectives and evaluates risks and benefits when executing policies, procedures and negotiated agreement changes; and works with legal counsel to mitigate risk, when needed.
  • Conducts research for Labor Relations regarding applicable collective bargaining agreements and provides contract interpretation and creation of contract language for new agreements.
  • Manages the application of the Company’s existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts by reviewing current and past on-property practices; conducts periodic audits to ensure compliance with agreements.
  • Develops and implements processes and procedures to develop institutional knowledge regarding existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts.
  • Develops materials and provides training within the Company on existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts or on labor relations processes.

Claims and grievances; discipline

  • Directs consistent handling of Company’s response to claims, grievances, and disciplinary appeals throughout all procedural stages.
  • Responds to and prepares timely submissions for claims, grievances and disciplinary appeals in all procedural stages (when necessary); conferences claims timely.
  • Manages or handles claims, grievances, and disciplinary appeals with significant precedential effects; including representing the Company by presenting oral arguments at arbitration hearings.
  • Determines the disposition of pending claims and grievances within delegated settlement authority.
  • Evaluates and recommends adjustments to outstanding reserve liabilities for claims in the grievance process.
  • Reviews initial disciplinary assessments and Leniency Committee recommendations for consistency with the Company’s Discipline and Leniency Policy.


  • Manages or assists other Labor Relations special project as directed by the VP Labor Relations.
  • Manages the professional development of direct reports.
  • Exemplifies KCS Vision, Values, and Culture in each and every interaction with team, clients, and stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university;
  • 10 years - Labor relations experience or significant experience in operating environment;
  • Experience in field of labor and employment law;
  • Negotiation experience;
  • or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Relevant experience in the railroad industry preferred;
  • First chair negotiation experience preferred.

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with team, clients, and stakeholders;
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively;
  • Availability during reasonable working hours;
  • Ability to travel up to an average of two times a month;
  • Good time management skills.

The duties listed are representative of the job; however, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties a person may be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is an essential function of the position.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Job Location
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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