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Deputy Director of Labor Relations- Various Locations within the US

Atlanta, GA, US, 30338

CRH Americas Inc.



Job ID:  260144

CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group, employing over 85,000 people at more than 3,600 locations in 32 countries.  Imagine a company capable of providing the modern building materials needed to build our homes, schools, communities, even the bridges and highways to get you there. We are CRH Americas, North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and the second largest globally. 


Position Overview


The Deputy Director of Labor Relations will proactively manage, interact with, advise operations managers, HR partners and regional leadership on a broad range of labor relations matters, including disciplinary actions, contract administration, union organizing campaigns, and planning for, negotiating and implementing collective bargaining agreements.


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Prepares and negotiates initial and renewal labor agreements in accordance with line of business and corporate mandates.
  • Develops cost models for use during economic negotiations.
  • Coordinates with operations managers, HR partners and regional leadership to obtain alignment on negotiations strategy and direction.
  • Drafts contract proposals and counterproposals prior to and during negotiations.
  • Finalizes settlements and prepares contract documents for final signature by the parties.
  • Prepares and distributes contract settlement summaries to operations managers, HR partners and regional leadership.
  • Creates presentations and conducts training to inform operations managers, HR partners and regional leadership regarding labor relations issues.
  • Manages arbitrations, grievances, and unfair labor practice charges.
  • Contributes to the development and improvement of Company-wide standardized practices, processes and forms.
  • Conducts management training related to relevant labor relations topics.
  • Collaborates to ensure legal compliance by reviewing federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and disseminating, explaining, and consulting regarding those requirements.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key union leadership and agents.
  • Prepares for and assists operations managers and regional leadership in dealing with potential labor disputes, strikes, work stoppages and other concerted activity, including advising on appropriate courses of action involving satisfactory resolution of disputes, security issues, employee concerns and media/public relations considerations.
  • Provides insights on labor relations trends and patterns and translates them into proactive proposals.
  • Collaborates with other departments including HR, Operations, Finance, Total Rewards, Global Security, Corporate Communications, Legal and Compliance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.






  • Minimum of 7 years of labor relations or similar experience in a multi-contract, multi-union, complex environment.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field of study is required.
  • An Advanced Degree, such as a J.D. or Master's in Industrial Relations is a positive, but is not required.


Work Requirements


  • Must have intermediate level or better proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Must be 18 years in age or older
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check
  • Strict adherence to safety requirements and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook
  • Willingness to work independently within in a team environment and assist the team with other duties as required
  • Must be willing to travel up to 75%


Knowledge/Skill Requirements


  • Demonstrated ability in labor negotiations and experience as first chair negotiator.
  • Working knowledge and interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities between multiple business units.
  • Demonstrated leadership, change management, and success in planning, leading and driving change in a large organization while meeting or exceeding business objectives.
  • Demonstrated business savvy to effectively communicate and work with other executives and leaders in support of achieving business goals.
  • Deep understanding of the financial aspects of labor relations, including wage and benefits costs.


Physical Requirements


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job

  • Able to communicate with others by telephone and in person
  • Able to utilize a computer for word processing, email communication, and preparation of documents and presentations
  • May require sitting for extended periods of time
  • Able to travel by car and public transportation options


Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job

  • Usually, normal office working conditions, but also in addition to industrial plant sites and quarries, requiring the usage of personal protective equipment, e.g. hard hat, steel-toed boots, and safety glasses.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
  • The position may require work outside of normal business hours.
  • This position offers the flexibility to work from home, however, significant travel is required to allow in-person participation in trainings, organizing activities, negotiations, arbitrations, proceedings, etc., where needed.


The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.  Other duties may be assigned as required.  Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  Apr 4, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

Job Segment: Manager, Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Consulting, Change Management, Management, Human Resources, Technology