Labor Relations Specialist, UCLA Campus Human Resources

Los Angeles, California
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

As one of America's finest universities, UCLA has a tradition of advancing higher education and the common good through excellence in scholarship, research and public service. UCLA is California's largest university and a model for public institutions of higher education. Academic excellence, faculty distinction and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of the UCLA experience. The university is an educational and architectural landmark in Los Angeles, attracting thousands of visitors and scholars each year.

Reporting to the Director of Employee and Labor Relations, Campus Human Resources (CHR), the Labor Relations Specialist represents the University in labor arbitrations and administrative hearings before the Public Employment Relations Board. Negotiates collective bargaining agreements, settlement agreements, and side letters. Participates in labor management meetings and meet and confer or discuss sessions. Assists other Labor Relations Specialists in a team effort to provide management with interpretations of labor law and the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) on such topics as just cause, union access, unfair labor practice charges, and human resources practices. Evaluates the merits of employee complaints (grievances, administrative reviews and unfair labor practice charges) by interviewing witnesses, reviewing policies and relevant documentation, contracts, conducting legal research, and identifying strategies for the University's response. Occasional travel is required.


  • Knowledge of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, National Labor Relations Act, and other public sector labor laws regarding topics including but not limited to, scope of bargaining, contract interpretation, union notice requirements, and public sector labor-management relations.
  • Knowledge of Public Employment Relations Boards administrative procedures for unfair labor practice charges, unit modifications, and petitions for recognition.
  • General knowledge of labor and employment laws, including other public sector laws, HEERA, National Labor Relations Act, Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, etc., including recent developments and practices, applicability to the public sector, desirability to implement through, contract, and probable impact on arbitration decisions.
  • Knowledge of the Information Practices Act, California Public Records Act, and
    HEERA requirements for information release, including release of personnel type records, creation of data for bargaining.
  • Skill in writing clear, concise, analytical, legally correct, accurate and persuasive briefs, appeals, motions, grievance responses, settlement agreements, and management positions.
  • Experience in acting as management advocate in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and meet and discuss/confer sessions, including preparing witnesses, direct and cross-examination, opening and closing statements, and preparing motions.
  • Skill in analyzing labor relations information, data, problems, practices, or procedures to define problems and objectives, consider alternative solutions and consequences, and propose solutions.
  • Skill in conducting in-depth legal research, including ability to use electronic databases such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited American Bar Association (ABA) institution is preferred.


How to Apply:

Qualified applicants may apply for this position using the UCLA Career Opportunities website.  Go to and search for Requisition 26366, or



UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks vacation per year; an average of 12 days sick leave per year; 13 paid holidays per year;  health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan;  various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, the University Credit Union, and much more!

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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