Labor Relations Business Partner

Administration Salt Lake City, Utah



We are looking for a talented, experienced, service-oriented Business Partner to join UTA and our 2,900 employees located in 13 sites along the Wasatch Front. This role will be responsible for partnering with our UTA leaders as their trusted business consultant and union labor relations expert. Required skills include employee advocacy, sound business judgment, ability to think critically, and expertise in union labor relations. Required experience includes union contract interpretation, handling all phases of the grievance process, and contract negotiations. Required mindset includes passion, servant-leadership and a strong business and financial acumen. The successful candidate will help execute UTA’s union labor relations strategy, and have demonstrated experience working in a union environment.

3 years labor relations, collective bargaining, and grievance resolution experience is required.

The role requires close collaboration with our talent acquisition, total rewards, and organizational effectiveness teams, and also our legal, executive, and operational leaders

Job Description

Provides expertise and support on complex and strategic employee and labor relations issues to UTA executives, managers, and supervisors.   Helps leadership manage employee/labor relations.  Provides UTA’s official contract interpretation to operational managers and executives regarding UTA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  Manages CBA compliance. Supervises grievance process to ensure company policies and grievance procedures are followed. Investigates and responds to grievances. Negotiates settlements to grievances and discipline reviews.  Represents UTA management in discipline review hearings and the Grievance Resolution Committee.  Leads groups in identifying and implementing changes to business processes to comply with contractual requirements, or to improve business processes that meet business needs within the context of the CBA.   Performs complex employee and labor relations duties without frequent supervision, including conflict resolution services to management, union leadership, and bargaining unit employees. Identifies, drafts, and distributes employee communications.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources Management, Public Administration or Business Administration, or related field.  CLRP or SPHR preferred.


 Five years progressively responsible experience in human resources, public administration and/or labor relations, including a minimum of three years of union experience including collective bargaining and grievance resolution.  Labor contract negotiation experience “at the table” preferred.  Must have knowledge of mediation and conflict resolution techniques, labor agreements and labor laws, and federal and state employment laws and regulations.  Must have ability to communicate with and influence leaders throughout an organization. Must be able to analyze situations – gather facts and look for root cause analysis prior to identifying solutions.  Must be comfortable managing conflict and delivering difficult messages.  Must have ability to manage time and workload efficiently, which includes planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following-through on tasks, assignments, projects, and reports. 

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An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
[UTA reserves the right to determine the equivalencies of education and experience.]

Pay Rate: $78,497 Annually 

Close Date: Open until filled