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Trinity Health Labor Relations Consultant in Livonia, Michigan


Serves as a deployable, expert labor relations strategist, responding to emergent system wide and/or RHM/organization labor relations needs. Provides strategic consulting to Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs), RHM executives and leadership teams on complex labor relations matters where content and subject-matter expertise is needed. Develops strategic and tactical recommendations for workplace environment improvement efforts that are specifically tailored to address short-term, RHM/organizational needs, while remaining aligned and supportive of Trinity Health's long-term labor relations strategy. Delivers best practice approaches to cultivate positive colleague and labor relations, including adherence to HR policies, compliance with regulatory and policy requirements and standards, and investigations of complex labor and colleague relations matters.


Knows, understands, incorporates, and demonstrates the Trinity Health Mission, Vision, and Values in behaviors, practices, and decisions.

Provides immediate and specialized expertise and labor relations consultation in planning, defining and validating of existing programs and initiatives, including short-term labor relations strategy development and implementation in conjunction with the Director, Labor Strategy, COE leaders, HRBPs, and RHM executives and leadership teams to best address the emergent labor relations needs of the system and/or RHM/organizations.

Serves as a strategic and technical resource providing guidance and consultation to HRBPs and other Center of Expertise (COE) leaders in understanding, analyzing and supporting Trinity Health's labor strategy and supporting RHMs/Businesses local needs in fostering positive colleague relations.

Develops and delivers highly-specialized labor relations education and awareness programs for all management levels; conducts vulnerability assessments to identify and remedy opportunities for workplace environment improvement.

Provides specialized expertise in consulting on daily labor relations activities and matters across the organization. Partners with legal counsel and corporate communications, when appropriate, to design, develop and disseminate labor relations program and policy information to leadership, the organization or affected group(s) and individuals.

Conducts complex colleague and labor relations related investigations where additional expertise is required, particularly in conjunction with external agency/organization claims.

Develops and disseminates labor relations communication materials and performs evaluative analysis of programs and their impacts. Designs, develops and implements labor relations programs through the building of tools and processes; conducts periodic evaluations of the program, and promotes and fosters a positive work environment to minimize the risk.

Provides strategic support on progressive labor relations bargaining, contract negotiation preparation, planning and performance, including contract interpretation, when needed. Performs labor relations data collection, tracking, maintenance and analysis, as needed to support local labor relations needs and initiatives.

Works other COEs in the design, development, implementation, delivery and ongoing evaluation of strategy and tactics, tools and approaches, from a labor relations perspective. Collaborates in the design, development and delivering of learning and engagement programs to equip leaders and managers with the requisite colleague and labor relations knowledge for daily workplace application.

Serves as a technical resource, providing specialized consultative support during times of Mergers, Divestitures & Acquisitions (MD&A) activities, as needed, including determine the impact of MD&A transactions on union status, Collective Bargaining Agreements, documented deal objectives and strategy with regard to labor relations.

Maintains an advanced knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws/regulations; the Trinity Health Integrity and Compliance Program and Code of Conduct; as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and professional behavior.


Must possess a thorough knowledge of labor relations, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, and techniques for fostering a positive and collaborative colleague culture as normally acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in Human Resources or a related field, Juris Doctorate, LL.B, or Labor and Industrial Relations degree preferred.

Five (5) to seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible labor relations experience, including collective bargaining and program development. Advanced knowledge and understanding of labor relations and human resources practices and employment laws and regulations.

Prior health-care experience preferred. Advanced knowledge of labor and employment laws and their application in operating environments.

Experience negotiating union contracts and managing grievances, arbitrations, and NLRB proceedings.

Ability to work independently and make sound confident business decisions as they relate to labor issues.

Work assignments are completed under limited direction and reflect increased complexity, scope and decision-making and problem-solving latitude. Assignments are received in the form of results expected, where precedents may be unclear; originality, ingenuity and application of extensive knowledge of colleague and labor relations methods, practices and techniques are required.

Understanding of organizational structure, business operations, financial impact/analysis-bottom line understanding.

Ability to respond to variable situations requiring analytical, interpretative, evaluative and constructive thinking abilities. Progressive logical and deductive reasoning abilities.

Advanced level of written and verbal communication skills and oral presentation skills for varied interactions. Influences and anticipates the needs of others while acting as a subject matter expert. Ability to coach, mentor and provide guidance to HRBPs, COE leaders and peers, RHM executives and leadership teams.

Proficiency in software programs including Microsoft Office.

Must be discrete and maintain the highest confidentiality with extremely sensitive data.

Consultative and relationship building skills in order to initiate and develop productive working partnerships with management and staff. Ability to read the subtle nuances of situations and react/plan accordingly.

Proven customer-service orientation. Ability to know and understand customer requirements and exercise judgment in meeting reasonable expectations.

Ability to support a change management and process improvement work environment.

Makes effort to continuously learn and seek personal and professional growth opportunities in COE to build credibility with customers, peers and team members.

Models behavior that enables and encourages an environment filled with teaming and knowledge sharing to support colleague empowerment and personal growth.

Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment. Demonstrated Team Player.

Must possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals, and values of Trinity Health.


Must be able to set and organize own work priorities, and adapt to them as they change frequently. Must be able to work concurrently on a variety of tasks/projects in an environment that may be stressful with individuals having diverse personalities and work styles.

Must be able to travel extensively (approximately 75% of the time), with minimal advance notice and adapt to unique working conditions and environments across the various Trinity Health sites as, needed.

Must possess the ability to comply with Trinity Health policies and procedures.


Job Number: 00108807

Location: Livonia, MI

Organization Name: Trinity Health

Facility: SO - Trinity Health System Office

Employment Type: Full time

Hours: 40