Who is Union negotiators?
Union negotiators represent the employer to the labor union or union employees to the employer. In this position you are required to argue on behalf of the employees to improve working conditions and benefits within acceptable means.
Job responsibilities of Union negotiators?
Contract Negotiations -
One of the principle responsibilities of a union negotiator is to engage in union employee contract negotiations with the employer. Even in the event that, as negotiator, you are representing the employer during the negotiations you must make sure that all terms of the contract are legally correct before it can be enforced by either the union or the employer.
Serve Employees -
Whether as negotiator you work for the union or employer you are required to serve in the best interest of the employees. You are responsible for making sure that the contracts developed during negotiations are fair to the employees while also meeting union and legal requirements.
As a union negotiator you must discuss grievances with both employees and employers and work to find a speedy resolution that satisfies both parties while remaining within the constraints of the law.
Understand Laws -
Many union negotiators come to the profession from a legal background. To be a successful union negotiator you must have a good working knowledge of state and federal labor laws. You also should be aware of the current union contract in play and what the labor union's regulations are for employees so that you can negotiate the best contract possible that meets the needs of employees and employers.
Work Life -
As a union negotiator you may work directly for a labor union or for an employer. In some smaller companies the union negotiator also may be a human resources manager. A large organization may have several negotiators on staff. Working as a union negotiator is an office job that typically maintains normal work hours, such as a 9 to 5 schedule.