SEIU Local 73

SEIU Local 73

Director of Collective Bargaining

Based in Chicago, IL

The role of the Director of Collective Bargaining is to directly bargain contracts in SEIU Local 73, lead a team of other bargainers, and coordinate closely with other directors, staff, and officers. This position reports to the Chief of Staff and is a non-bargaining unit supervisory and managerial position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise, manage, develop, and lead a highly skilled team in the areas of collective bargaining, contract campaigns, labor management work, employer relations & culture change;
  • Create and maintain systems for staff training and accountability;
  • Lead the team to maintain and develop curriculum and training modules for member leaders in the roles of contact action team (“CAT”) and bargaining committee members;
  • Lead the staff team, members leaders and organizers to develop effective contract bargaining and contract campaigns that build the union and member capacity.
  • Participate in strategic planning with the union’s leadership team.

Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations:

  • Negotiate union contracts;
  • Recruit and develop member leaders to participate on the contract negotiations team;
  • Analyze current contracts to determine and identify language not reflective of current bargaining priorities, industry standards, or legal requirements;
  • Coordinate contract negotiation and ratification campaigns;
  • Participate in employer relations and pattern and national bargaining;
  • Coordinate on member communications with other teams within the department; and
  • Train and develop staff to perform above duties.

Cross-Department Coordination:

  • Lead employer relations in coordination with the leadership team;
  • Close coordination with
    • the Member Action Center to address on-the-job problems;
    • the Internal Organizing team developing and implementing comprehensive contract campaigns;
    • Program Directors and union officers to tie collective bargaining campaigns to strategic priorities of the union;
    • In-house and outside counsel; and
    • Employer, coalition, and community organizations;
  • Support other departments and teams of the union as needed and work with members and leaders to develop leadership skills needed within the scope of these programs; and
  • Train and develop staff to perform these duties.
  • Assignments to political, electoral and growth mobilization as required by the organization; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other Expectations: The Director of Collective Bargaining is expected to lead by example. It is the role of the Director of Collective Bargaining to provide model behaviors of what is expected as a leader in our Union. SEIU Local 73 staff is expected to respect the processes of the organization. The Director of Collective Bargaining will be required to work long and irregular hours, and to work on weekends and holidays when necessary.

Job Qualifications and Requirements

  • Five years or more significant experience in bargaining, labor-management joint work and representation/contract enforcement.
  • Experience as lead negotiator for large contract campaigns and managing a bargaining committee.
  • Two years or more experience in a supervisory or lead capacity.
  • Strong understanding of and experience with contract campaigns.
  • Experience in internal and/or external organizing.
  • Experience in building community relationship and support for union campaigns.
  • Knowledge of labor law, especially as relates to collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, mediation and arbitration.
  • Familiarity with the public sector and ability to analyze economic and competitive business environment, with the assistance of a researcher
  • Experience with the following types of organizations is highly significant: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns and elected officials, employer/union relations.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU Local 73 is a requirement of this position.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are requirements of this position.
  • Computer literacy and the ability to learn union-specific computer systems within the initial months of employment is a requirement.
  • Commitment and capacity to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality and discretion in managing union information and resources
  • Moderate in-state travel and occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills, ability to develop and carry out work plans with minimal supervision, and ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are also necessary skills.
  • Excellent independent judgment and attention to political relationships are considered key components to achieving performance standards.

Working Conditions

  • The position is based in the Chicago headquarters of the union.
  • A cell phone, drivers’ license, a car available to the manager at all times, and automobile insurance are requirements of this position. Cell phone and car allowance is provided.
  • Long and irregular hours frequently required.
  • The position includes a competitive salary based on experience and a package of benefits that includes paid holidays, vacations, fully paid health benefits including health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. All staff in the union are participants in a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.
  • This position is a confidential, supervisory, managerial, exempt, non-bargaining unit classification.

With nearly 30,000 members, SEIU Local 73 has a proud history of raising standards for workers and their families. The Local represents service, technical and professional workers primarily in the public sector in Illinois and Indiana who are employed in state government, local government, school districts, publicly funded social service agencies and colleges and universities.

Local 73 is committed to bettering the lives of working people through organizing workers to create a powerful voice on their job to win fair wages, meaningful benefits, a sustainable retirement and job protection.

SEIU Local 73 is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with more than 2.2 million members in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Local 73 is united with those 2.2 million members in a shared belief in the dignity of workers and the value of their work and in a commitment to a more just and humane society.

To Apply
Submit cover letter with salary requirements and résumé to:

ATTN: Chief of Staff
SEIU Local 73
300 S Ashland St
Suite 400
Chicago IL 60607

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