Director of Labor Relations

Levy - Chicago, IL3.9


Chicago, Illinois

Levy is the leader in Sports and Entertainment dining, catering such renowned sports venues at Wrigley Field in Chicago, STAPLES Center and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Ford Field in Detroit and Churchill Downs in Louisville. Levy Restaurants also caters events including Super Bowls, World Series, NASCAR Racing, the Kentucky Derby, the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and the Grammy Awards.


Reporting to the EVP, People and Culture the Director of Labor Relations position is responsible for leading Levy’s labor relations strategy and accountable for assisting operational management in achieving labor relations environments that are cost effective, cost competitive, consistent with Company policies, procedures and work rules, and avoiding unnecessary litigation. The Director of Labor Relations negotiates and administers collective bargaining agreements and provides internal consultation, supervision, work direction and training to field and senior leaders.

Essential Functions
  • Partner with Legal, HR, and Operations in educating internal stakeholders on all organized labor issues and raise awareness of issues that may result in a gap between stated organizational goals and actual practice.
  • Review, interpret and make recommendations on company policies & procedures with respect to labor issues.
  • Analyze bid opportunities from a labor relations expertise perspective.
  • Establishes annual calendar for contract negotiations identifying key negotiator for each.
  • Enables and supports unit and senior leaders in setting strategy, objectives, tactics and preparing for contract negotiations.
  • Ensure consistent use of labor costing tool for all contracts.
  • Acts as a chief negotiator for the company.
  • Establishes foundational policies and procedures and best practices for the labor relation processes in units and above that comply with federal, state, and local legislation.
  • Develop and communicate appropriate training tools to support labor relations strategy.
  • Provide expert consultation on contract administration, interpretation, and labor relations procedures in order to comply with labor agreements and company policies and to avoid unnecessary costs and litigation.
  • Acts as company advocate in arbitration and other NLRA proceedings partnering closely with Legal to prepare and present company’s position; prepares documents and team members for proceedings as needed.
  • Works with unit leaders and regional human resources to promote positive team member relations and champion union free environments.
  • Provide coaching and counseling as required to management teams.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required; Business or Communications focus preferred
  • Extensive experience in negotiations and grievance proceedings through arbitration
  • Proven ability to work persuasively across all sectors and levels of management to ensure corporate labor relations objectives are met
  • Experience with Union organizing campaigns and awareness training with operators
  • Knowledge of and ability to keep abreast of all applicable laws and regulations affecting labor as well as leading industry practices and trends
  • Willingness to travel 40-50%

Key Leadership Traits
  • Unwavering ethics and values; trusted partner
  • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality; use of good judgment about when and how any information can be shared
  • Exceptional professional standards
  • Excellent organization and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong partner and team player; focused on organizational and team success
  • Never satisfied with status quo; always pushing for improvements and change
  • Excellent business acumen;
  • Embraces ambiguity
  • Proven people leader and manager
  • Ability to plan and execute multiple projects to deadlines
  • Solution-oriented; balances qualitative and quantitative measures

Levy is an equal opportunity employer. At Levy we are committed to treating all Applicants and Team Members fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.