Ascension Health Labor Relations Partner in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Job ID: 229288

Labor Relations Partner

Kalamazoo, Michigan


Additional Job Information

Title: Labor Relations Partner

City, State: Kalamazoo,MI

Location: MIKAL 1521 Borgess Medical Ctr

Department: HR Partners Delivery 001

Additional Job Details: Full-Time,Day, 40 hours,Weekly

Marketing Statement

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension's Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension's own group purchasing organization.

Job Description

Develops and executes Labor Relations strategy for Ministry Market to ensure ministry and market alignment with Ascension's philosophy, strategies, policies and practices.


  • Serves as part of the Human Resources team on the development, administration, interpretation, and application of Labor Relations policies and programs and related matters, including quality control, data management, and compliance with local and national labor and employment laws.

  • Advises and assists in the administration of collective bargaining agreements, contract interpretation, grievance and discipline administration. Consults with managers and HR Partners on workplace and associate issues, provides expert advice, coordinates with legal counsel, and serves as spokesperson and liaison with union leadership.

  • Coordinates and/or leads collective bargaining negotiations; serves as chief spokesperson and negotiator, representing and operationally defining labor policies that are competitive, and ensure cost effective labor agreements across Ministry Market. Responsible for the ongoing implementation of business and operational changes during contract term.

  • Provides consultation and mediation regarding work-related issues, conflicts, discipline policy/procedures, questions, and contract interpretation. Acts as company advocate for labor arbitration cases.; conducts investigations, and prepares arbitration cases, working with Legal as appropriate.

  • Plays a key role and is a trusted adviser to business leadership, developing effective working relationships with all stakeholders including union leaders, influencing and challenging the team in the development and delivery of people priorities to facilitate achievement of company goals.

  • Develops and manages a compliance plan related to labor relations issues; develops and implements a standardized approach to handling all levels of labor relations issues.

  • Identifies labor relations training needs. Assists in the design of training, and ensures training is delivered effectively to target audiences

  • Tracks and analyzes labor relations metrics. Prepares and maintains labor contingency plans.



  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, labor relations or related field required

  • JD with labor law experience preferred

Work Experience:

  • 7 years of experience in labor relations in a union environment in a medium to large/complex organization.

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