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Senior Labor Relations Specialist

LocationSan Luis Obispo, California;
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Requisition ID # 133888 

Job Category: Human Resources 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Human Resources & Enterprise Change Ofc

Job Location: Walnut Creek; Fresno; Sacramento

Department Overview

Human Resources department is committed to providing PG&E employees with the tools, information and services to help deliver safe and reliable gas and electric service to our customers. We recognize that our employees are the backbone of our success. It's the mix of talent, skill, enthusiasm, drive and team spirit that empowers our employees to deliver your energy, today and tomorrow. This is your opportunity to join our team and make your contributions in an industry that is rapidly changing.

The Labor Relations Department is responsible for developing the labor relations strategy and managing the company's relationship with its unions. Over Sixty percent of PG&E’s workforce is unionized. The department conducts general and interim negotiations to support the Company's business goals and objectives. The department provides training, support, and expert guidance in contract administration and manages the grievance procedure. 

Position Summary

The Senior Labor Relations Specialist position conducts day-to-day operations of labor administration, development of labor strategy to support the Company’s business objectives, providing consistent, timely and accurate advice to supervisors and other leaders, up to and including Officers.  Responsible for local or client specific negotiations including grievance handling through the second step of the grievance procedure, contract administration, positive discipline, and performance management.

This position will support the administration of our collective bargaining agreements for employees represented by IBEW and/or ESC.

The position is hybrid working from your home office and a local office in Walnut Creek, Fresno, or Sacramento, as needed. This position will require occasional travel to other locations in PG&E service territory as business needs require.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contract interpretation: Serves as an expert on complex labor agreements for assigned clients, ensure compliance with labor agreements. Answer question from all levels of management on contract provisions. Provides information and recommended solutions to labor management for system wide potential issues and trends. Provides input on strategic use of labor agreements with complex associated issues and factors to achieve key business objectives. Lead implementation of newly negotiated agreements.  Provide training for Supervisors on contractual administration and interpretation.

  • Grievance resolution: Meet with Supervisors, Business Reps and/or shop stewards to attempt to resolve grievance issues prior to formal filing. Research and respond to grievances filed, including highly complex or sensitive grievances that can have broad implications. Schedules and prepares materials, witnesses and Supervisor for grievance Local Investigating Committee (LIC) meetings. Lead and facilitate LIC meetings. Prepare LIC outcome documentation, secures signatures & distributes and communicates results. Participates additional grievance steps when grievances are not settled at LIC. Authority to resolve grievances at 2nd step (LIC) with either a no contract violation finding, or effecting pay adjustments, cease and desist orders, reversal of for cause terminations and other remedies. Uses tools to track and monitor grievance activities and contract admin issues. Identify, recommend and implement grievance process improvements.

  • Positive discipline (PD) recommendations: Consults with Supervisors regarding employee incidents, conducting investigations & develop recommendations on level of discipline. Reviews discharge and disciplinary recommendations with leadership.  Provides training for Supervisors on disciplinary system.

  • Consults and strategizes with leaders, and when applicable, negotiates Local Letter Agreements with the unions.  May also negotiate more complex client specific agreements with unions.

  • Special Projects: Lead projects on behalf of the department



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 4 years job-related experience


  • Master’s degree in Labor Relations, Juris Doctorate, or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • 6 years Job-related experience,
  • PHR-Professional in Human Resources certification


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