Labor Relations Manager

Kansas City Southern Railway - Kansas City, MO3.3

Full-timeEstimated: $61,000 - $81,000 a year
Job Summary:
The Labor Relations Manager (the “Position”) supports the Labor Relations Director (“LR Director”) and may serve as the primary point of contact for certain crafts with first chair responsibility for the proper design, negotiation, drafting, integration, administration and application of the applicable collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), policies, and procedures to achieve the designed corporate objectives. The Position will also handle wage and time claims and any disciplinary appeals through the grievance process from the on-property handling to the resolution of the arbitration process, if necessary. Additionally, the Position will serve as a point of contact for the Company for day-to-day technical expertise regarding such agreements.

Job Duties include:
National handling

Assisting LR Director to develop the Company’s U.S. bargaining strategy, including performing research regarding collective bargaining agreements in support of the Company’s bargaining strategy.
Supporting participation of LR Director on industry committees and serving as proxy in the LR Director’s absence.

On property handling

Serving as a Company subject matter expert to counsel departments on labor relations issues arising out of relevant agreements for assigned crafts; representing LR in cross functional efforts that affect labor in the U.S.
Under the direction of the LR Director, working with various departments to determine operating objectives and evaluating risks and benefits when executing policies, procedures and negotiated agreement changes; and working with legal counsel to mitigate risk, when needed.
Conducting research for labor relations regarding applicable collective bargaining agreements and providing contract interpretation and creation of contract language for new agreements.
Under the direction fof the LR Director, developing and implementing processes and procedures to develop institutional knowledge regarding existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts.
Along with the LR Director, managing the application of the Company’s existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts by reviewing current and past on-property practices.
Assisting the LR Director to develop training materials and provide training within the Company on existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts or on other labor relations processes.

Claims and grievances; discipline

Responding to and preparing timely submissions for claims, grievances and disciplinary appeals in all procedural stages; conferencing claims timely.
Determining the disposition of pending claims and grievances within delegated settlement authority.
Representing the Company by presenting oral arguments at arbitration hearings for claims, grievances, and disciplinary appeals progressed by assigned crafts.


Managing or assisting with other LR special projects
Exemplifying KCS Vision, Values, and Culture in each and every interaction with team, clients, and stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university - General Studies
5 years Labor Relations experience
Equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Requirements:
Experience in the railroad industry preferred
Negotiation experience preferred

Essential Functions:
Ability to communicate effectively with team, clients, and stakeholders
Ability to write clearly and effectively
Availability during reasonable working hours
Ability to travel two to four times a month
Good time management skills

The duties listed are representative of the job; however, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties a person may be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is an essential function of the position.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer/Veteran/Disabled. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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