Integrity and fairness. Hard work and performance. A love for what we do. These are the values that drive us. They push us to be better every day. To provide the highest-quality service and greatest value to every project we’re a part of. We’re looking for people who share in that dedication. An innovative spirit, results-oriented thinking, and a dedication to our values have helped us grow into one of the largest professional construction services firms in the United States.
As a member of the Boldt team, you’ll collaborate with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our industry. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and seek greater responsibilities, while earning competitive pay and benefits. And you’ll join a team that builds real value in the world around you.
How your role fits into Boldt:
Under the direction of the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Human Resources, the Labor Relations Director is a highly visible role, requiring someone to have a passion and to lead and execute the business strategy that leads all aspects of Boldt's labor relations program, operating from Boldt’s corporate headquarters in Appleton, WI. This results - oriented leadership role is responsible to plan, develop, coordinate, and implement the organization’s labor relations policies and procedures as related to our craft employees employed. This role is responsible for developing appropriate negotiation strategies, bargaining goals and negotiates contracts consistent with Boldt’s mission, values, and goals.
What you get to do:
Work with EVP of Human Resources and operation leaders as the company's spokesperson to develop and drive the organization’s overall labor negotiations strategy and bargaining parameters.
Acts as a strategic business partner for union and workforce development influencing diverse craft staffing initiatives and providing creative solutions where labor relations shortages and challenges exist.
Negotiates and approves potential project labor agreements with individual construction unions or Building Trades groups and manage existing portfolio of labor agreements.
Nurtures and maintains relevant relationships with industry contractor associations, participates and coordinates with area-wide multi-employer bargaining groups with individual unions as needed. May also serve as management trustee on one more union fringe benefit funds.
Dedicated to develop construction labor relations policies and work rules, assesses trends and changes in the law and regulations impacting both union and open shop environments. Recommends creative strategies to operational leaders across the United States considering construction market conditions, union climate, benefits, work rules and company union affiliation in project areas.
Proactively works with project teams to advise and coordinate Boldt’s manpower loading for self-perform scopes and assess and audit labor issues across Boldt’s portfolio projects.
Dedicated to provide oversight for the internal administration of Boldt’s national, local, and project-specific agreements and give technical direction to management and project personnel on all labor relations functions.
Leads development and implementation of corporate strategy surrounding topics such as pension withdrawal liability, union organizing efforts, assignment of bargaining rights/signatory status, and other labor matters. Coordinates with internal and external legal counsel, as necessary.
Partners with internal legal, finance, safety, and operations teams to provide subject matter expertise, support and settlement of grievances, performance issues and discipline, jurisdictional disputes, labor strikes or picketing, implementation of work rules/programs, union wage and fringe benefit fund reporting and participation, federal and state prevailing wage laws, and other labor issues.
Partners with operations to provide proactive monitoring, training, and education to project leadership, jobsite supervision, and employees on how to recognize and anticipate labor relations problems and engage in effective management practices that protect the company’s legal rights and promote harmonious labor relations.
Supervisor and manage all aspects of the company’s internal databases of collective bargaining agreements, MOAs, and wage rates.
Stay on top of current trends in collective bargaining agreements, competitive benefits, and work rules for craft. Maintain current knowledge of employee and labor relations trends, legal decisions, and statutory changes; conduct research vital to support contract negotiations.
Responsible for defining and maintaining metrics for the labor relations program and regularly communicates these metrics to the company operating groups and leadership.
Collaborates and dedicated to build effective successful relations with union representatives at the national, regional, and local leadership level.
Supervise and coach direct reports as assigned. Dedicated to continuous improvement and to enhance employee engagement.
Maintain compliance with the National Labor Relations Act and other applicable laws.
What we expect from you:
Bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations, Business, Industrial Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Economics, Public Administration or other related field providing a broad understanding of general business and financial practices as well as understanding of Labor Relations and Human Resource theory, practices and techniques is required.
10-15 years of professional labor relations experience with unionized workforces with deep expertise within the construction industry is required.
Experience in people management required.
Intermediate Microsoft O365 skills.
Extensive experience negotiating and interpreting collective bargaining agreements. Experience with grievance administration, including settlement negotiations and contribution toward preparation and/or arbitration advocacy.
Demonstrated success in identifying, influencing, or implementing diverse craft staffing initiatives for union and workforce development as well as providing creative solutions where labor relations shortages and challenges exist.
Demonstrated skills in effective use of mediation and conflict resolution techniques, practical application of employment law, and processes for influencing performance management.
Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to labor issues.
Approximately 50% travel to attend jobsites, various events, and other business-related activities. Willingness to travel, work the required schedule, and work at specific locations as required.
Relocation assistance is available.
Physical requirements and working conditions:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position for up to eight hours. The employee occasionally is required to move to access people or workspaces. Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment, such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer. The ability to optimally communicate is required. The employee may occasionally move up to 15 pounds.
The working conditions of this position requires the employee to work inside an office environment. The environment for which this position functions may contain scents and fragrances. May be requested to work overtime and weekends.
What we can offer you:
We are a multi- generational family owned, privately held organization. Along with encouraging a safe and robust team based environment, we offer:
A competitive wage with a comprehensive medical, prescription drug, dental and vision benefits without a waiting period
An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to share in the company’s success along with an annual bonus based on overall company performance
Paid vacation, sick and holidays
Wellness resources, including a health coach, health assessments, maternity management, and life care
Have equal access to opportunities and resources at all levels of the company. Professional growth and development opportunities including educational reimbursement
Diversity and inclusion training programs
The Boldt Company is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.
If you are an individual with a disability and you need an accommodation or other assistance during the application process, please contact our Human Resources department. All qualified applicants are reassured to apply.