Purpose of Role:
The primary purpose of this role is to serve as a strategic labor relations consultant to HR and people leaders who face potential labor organizing and other labor activity. The role includes facilitating the organization's labor relations strategy, recommending best practice approaches to labor and associate relations, and providing advice for workplace environment improvement. This role must apply knowledge of employment and labor laws, government regulations, and agency rules in order to make informed decisions.
Collaborates directly with Field Operations, HR, and Legal to accomplish implementation of ongoing pro-associate initiatives designed to address changing business initiatives. Partners with appropriate departments (i.e., store operations, supply network, etc.) to drive appropriate pro-associate communications.
Collects, analyzes, interprets and prepares reports on labor union activity. This includes internal (Lowe s) as well as external data. Provides recommendations for identified trends to make effective business decisions regarding labor and associate relations, including improving associate engagement.
Reviews and provides expertise on labor and associate relations training. Assists in delivering training and education to all levels of the organization.
In partnership with HR and people leaders, develops and implements individualized labor relations interventions (including occasional travel to facilities, etc.).
Advocate for fair and appropriate pro-associate workplace practices in accordance with the company s mission, core leadership behaviors, and legal parameters.
Develop, use, and promote technological tools as resources for HR and people leaders.
Analyze labor union activity and act quickly to generate approaches and recommendations for HR and people leaders. Take appropriate partners (i.e., legal department) when formulating action plans in response to labor union activity. Provide long-term and broad views regarding labor implications of business decisions.
Build strong relationships with other members of the Associate Relations team. Provide guidance on select Associate Relations situations.
Takes on stretch assignments, more complex union labor activity situations, and projects that impact the entire enterprise.
Bachelor s Degree in Business, HR, Labor Relations, or related field (or equivalent years of experience without a degree)
5+ years experience at an exempt level as a Labor Relations Specialist (or equivalent position) in a unionized or non-unionized organization
Advanced knowledge of labor and employee relations principles, including federal and state laws and policies, and union avoidance and counter-campaign strategies for multi-site/location organization
Seasoned understanding of HR management programs and their interrelationships. Appropriately understands and applies policies, procedures, and practices on day-to-day issues
Master s Degree, MBA, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, or Industrial Relations
JD with a concentration or experience in employment/labor law
About Lowe s:
Lowe s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE 50 home improvement company serving approximately 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2019 sales of $72.1 billion, Lowe s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe s supports its hometown Charlotte region and all communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
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