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The Director, Labor Relations will be a key member of the labor relations team, participating in the negotiation and interpretation of each of The Times’s nine collective bargaining agreements, which cover a broad range of employees in The Times’ newsroom, business and manufacturing departments. The individual in this role will counsel, support, and service business leaders throughout the company through the implementation of labor relations strategies and activities that support the success of The New York Times.
What You Will Do:
Plan and develop strategy for labor negotiations and business operations.
Represent the company in labor negotiations.
Train and advise department leaders on labor and employment best practices including performance management, corrective/disciplinary actions and compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor and employment laws.
Provide preventive, proactive advice on a broad range of topics including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, performance management, employee discipline and separations, workplace investigations, severance programs, leaves of absence and accommodations, recruiting, hiring, benefits, wage and hour, compensation, separation agreements, and unemployment and workers’ compensation issues.
Investigate and handle employee complaints and union grievances.
Work with the Company’s Talent & Inclusion Department to develop, maintain and enforce workplace policies and procedures.
Analyze payroll and benefits data and ensure compliance with multi-employer and company benefits programs.
Keep current on changes to relevant labor and employment laws and regulations, and advise managers and business leaders on the same.
Draft position statements and coordinate with outside counsel in responding to unfair labor practice charges, discrimination complaints and other claims against the company.
Manage and work with outside counsel on labor and employment litigation.
Assist with various complex and/or sensitive projects, as assigned.
Who You Are:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail. Should be comfortable organizing, tracking and analyzing a broad range of financial and related data.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to develop collaborative relationships with people at all levels of the organization.
Eager to learn and intellectually curious.
Have good judgment, a high level of professional integrity and the discretion to handle confidential and sensitive information
Willing to spend up to 1-2 days/week at The Times’ Queens, NY production facility.
J.D. with minimum 5 years of labor and employment experience.
Experience with manufacturing and/or professional unions.
In-house experience preferred.
Internal Number: REQ-004763
About The New York Times Company
The New York Times is one of the world’s most influential news organizations with 50 news bureaus around the New York region, the nation and the globe. The Times is known for accuracy, depth and authority and produces award-winning journalism, breaking news coverage and opinion and commentary along with deep databases of content and rich multimedia presentations. The New York Times has won 122 Pulitzer Prizes and Citations, far more than any other news organization.