Labor Relations Specialists interpret and administer labor contracts regarding issues such as wages and salaries,
healthcare, pensions, and union and management practices. Labor Relations Specialists are vital for preparing
information for management to utilize during the collective bargaining process. Using their vast knowledge on
economics, wage data, labor law, and collective bargaining trends, labor relations specialists interpret and administer
employees’ contracts with respect to grievances, wages or salaries, employee welfare, healthcare benefits, pensions,
union practices, and other stipulations. Labor relations managers often implement industrial labor relations programs
to oversee compliance with the union’s negotiated contract. Since more and more companies are seeking to avoid
litigation or strikes, these specialists are essential for serving as a liaison to resolve disputes between employees and
In the daily workday of labor relations specialists, they are typically responsible for developing labor policies,
overseeing the management of industrial labor relations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the union,
managing grievance procedures to handle complaints from unionized employees, advising the human resources staff
to ensure compliance with the contract, consulting with executive management to get input into aspects of personnel
policies, developing new or revised union contracts, compiling information on statistics, and maintaining records of
wage and salary surveys or correspondence.
The duties of Labor relations specialists typically includes to advise management on contracts, worker grievances, and
disciplinary procedures, Lead meetings between management and labor, to meet with union representatives. They
also draft proposals and rules or regulations, Ensure that human resources policies are consistent with union
agreements, Interpret formal communications between management and labor, Investigate validity of labor
grievances, Train management on labor relations.
Labor relations specialists work with representatives in a labor union and a company’s management. In addition to
leading meetings between the two groups, these specialists draft formal language as part of the collective bargaining
process. These contracts are called collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), and they serve as a legal and procedural
guide for employee/management relations.
Gaining employment in nearly every industry in the workforce, labor relations specialists often are hired within
employment placement agencies, professional employer organizations, business labor organizations, management of
companies or enterprises, insurance benefit companies, hospitals, and the state or federal government. Although most
work on a full-time basis .Labor relations specialists can even find contracting positions outside of human resources
departments or firms that involve frequent travel. Although the daily life and duties related to the profession vary
tremendously from one position to the next.
Entry Level Education
- Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Business, or a related field.
- Master’s degree in Human Resource Management or a related areas.