Labor Relations Negotiator

People Sacramento, California Remote, United States


McClatchy is looking for an accomplished Labor Relations Negotiator to join its People Team.

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The Labor Relations Negotiator administers and negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the local management team that are consistent with the mission and values of McClatchy. They act as the liaison between local management and the union, working with outside counsel and the Labor Relations Director, as part of the company’s negotiation team. Responsibilities include advising management, researching and drafting company proposals and counter-proposals for labor negotiations, while carefully analyzing and evaluating proposal costs. This position reports to the Labor Relations Director.

Location:  This position can be remote, however preferred location in one of our 30 markets.  Click here to view our market locations:McClatchy Markets 

The states that we are in: Washington, Idaho, California, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Responsible for negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the union on behalf of the Company that adheres to mandated corporate policies and practices, ensuring contracts are in compliance with federal, state, and local law.
  • Works with Labor Relations Director, senior-level executives, local senior management, People Team Business Partners, and outside counsel, regarding the overall direction of labor strategy, advising management on issues regarding union and management relations.
  • Drafts proposals, counter-proposals, and memoranda of understanding (MOU) on behalf of the Company, including prior research to retrieve relevant data, development of alternatives, and conducting cost analysis.
  • Keeps on top of labor best practices and labor laws.
  • Works with People team members in related Center of Excellence, performing other duties as needed.



  • Requires a four-year degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business, or a related field. Graduate training in a human resources-related discipline coupled with an S/PHR and/or SHRM-SCP or its equivalent is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience desired, with a minimum of 2 years prior experience negotiating and writing labor contracts. Prior experience in both traditional and interest-based negotiations is preferred.
  • Generalist background with broad knowledge of employee relations, employment, organizational planning, performance management, compensation management, training, and development also desired.
  • A strategist with strong negotiation skills. Seasoned, high-energy, and self-motivated team player with demonstrated understanding of corporate business models and practices. Proven ability to lead through influence, flexibility, and diplomacy. Excellent writing, presentation, and oral communication skills with strong business acumen and ability to deliver messages that drive to an agreement.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business judgments in a complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Outstanding time management and organization abilities.
  • Ability to build credibility and trust by demonstrating high ethical standards.
  • Extreme discretion, as work often involves confidential and sensitive information.
  • Knowledge of online communication and social media.
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees, senior-level management, and external union stakeholders is also important.
Leadership competencies:
  • Vision and strategic thinking: Collaboratively champions a clear future direction in labor relations. Addresses issues to sustain competitive edge and maintain market dominance. Anticipates needs and priorities.
  • Change/Entrepreneurship: Champions innovation and encourages new ideas. Builds momentum to get things done by communicating clearly and consistently. Acts decisively. Helps others to successfully manage organizational change. Recognizes successes and informed risk-taking.
  • Relationship management and collaboration: Understands others’ underlying concerns, emotions, and feelings. Uses strong negotiating skills and adaptability to foster successful outcomes. Manages disagreements and conflicts, resolving issues between management and the union.
  • Bench strength: Encourages and inspires the development and long-term growth of others. Counsels and trains managers regarding contract-related issues. Conveys high expectations, gives candid and objective feedback, offers support and advocacy.


  • Works in an office environment. Requires ability to move from one location to another, sitting, standing, bending, talking, hearing, use of near, mid-range, and far vision, and making visual accommodations.
  • Uses a computer, which may require prolonged keyboarding and the use of a mouse.
  • Work extended hours needed to get the job done.
  • Able to focus on tasks has the analytical ability and is able to deal constructively with changing priorities and stress.
  • Must be professional in dealing with colleagues, employees, and management.
  • Frequent travel required.


McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.