Employee Relations Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




330 West 42nd Street
New York
New York
United States


The 1199SEIU Benefit & Pension Funds provide comprehensive health, pension, and quality of life benefits to unionized workers represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. We are among the largest labor-management funds in the nation, covering 400,000 members and their families.

If you’re ready for the brightest career future, join us in this excellent opportunity to showcase your talents. We are currently seeking an experienced Employee Relations Specialist for our Human Resources department. 


  • Answer ER/LR inquiries, direct as appropriate, or provide information requiring comprehensive knowledge of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Fund policies, procedures and operations; provide information as appropriate to knowledge base and level of issue
  • Interpret Collective Bargaining Agreement provisions; investigate and provide information for grievance proceedings arbitration and hearings
  • Assist with confidential investigations of employee complaints by researching and providing relevant information
  • Support in the gathering of documentation for grievance proceedings, arbitration, and hearings
  • Prepare written materials including reports, memos, and correspondences; reviews material for accuracy and completeness; analyzes data and conducts Internet research as needed
  • Attend Labor Relations meetings, takes minutes, and write summaries
  • Assist with contract negotiations by collecting, analyzing and assembling data; preparing proposals; analyzing union proposals
  • Facilitate ER/LR alongside ER/LR Senior Manager
  • Assist in resolving advanced issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, terminations, discrimination, and situations involving interpersonal conflict in the workplace
  • Interface with union representatives and management team to coordinate union site visits, employee releases for union business and joint training sessions
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by Management
  • Must meet performance standards including attendance and punctuality


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Industrial Relations or Human Resources or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum two (2) years working experience in Employee and/or Labor Relations required; prior experience in a union setting preferred
  • Knowledge of labor relations principles and practices a plus
  • Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Advanced oral, listening, presentation and written communication skills required
  • Must be able to work within and maintain the confidentiality required of the organization and the Human Resources Department
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with union officials, employees, and management 
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to assist with investigations from initial complaint to resolution
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively in a fast paced, confidential environment with competing priorities


Medical, dental, no copay, prescription is included. Tuition reimbursement, 401K, vision

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


We offer a competitive salary, an excellent fully employer-paid comprehensive benefits package and talented professional colleagues. For consideration and to apply, please visit us at http://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NBF1199&cws=1&rid=7304. Please mention you saw this ad in Idealist. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.