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Life As a Labor Relations Specialist

Job Description: Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

List of Labor Relations Specialist Job Duties

  • Select mediators or arbitrators for labor disputes or contract negotiations.
  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures.
  • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances.
  • Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives.
  • Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify.
  • Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations.

What a Labor Relations Specialist Should Know

These are the skills Labor Relations Specialists say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Labor Relations Specialist Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 81,100 jobs in the United States for Labor Relations Specialist. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Labor Relations Specialist. The BLS estimates 6,800 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Labor Relations Specialist are Georgia, Maryland, and Louisiana. Watch out if you plan on working in Ohio, Vermont, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Labor Relations Specialists Salary

Labor Relations Specialists make between $19,270 and $123,340 a year.

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Labor Relations Specialists who work in New Jersey, North Dakota, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Labor Relations Specialists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $42,590
Alaska $83,200
Arizona $71,400
Arkansas $49,660
California $80,270
Colorado $76,620
Connecticut $63,230
District of Columbia $89,420
Florida $62,580
Georgia $61,620
Hawaii $76,140
Idaho $54,040
Illinois $58,620
Indiana $66,520
Iowa $62,690
Kansas $55,300
Kentucky $57,460
Louisiana $49,920
Maine $79,850
Maryland $83,860
Massachusetts $72,500
Michigan $72,320
Minnesota $74,490
Mississippi $68,590
Missouri $55,240
Montana $52,570
Nebraska $51,040
Nevada $72,870
New Hampshire $63,830
New Jersey $117,470
New Mexico $64,350
New York $85,870
North Carolina $59,290
North Dakota $94,440
Ohio $47,600
Oklahoma $65,460
Oregon $85,820
Pennsylvania $78,320
Rhode Island $67,720
South Carolina $64,410
Tennessee $64,020
Texas $69,310
Utah $47,250
Vermont $70,250
Virginia $65,280
Washington $77,070
West Virginia $41,930
Wisconsin $42,650
Wyoming $61,600

What Tools do Labor Relations Specialists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Labor Relations Specialists:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Oracle PeopleSoft

Becoming a Labor Relations Specialist

Learn what Labor Relations Specialist education requirements there are.

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What work experience do I need to become a Labor Relations Specialist?

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Where Labor Relations Specialists Work

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