Contract Enforcement Specialist

San Jose, CA

Under direction of the Contract Enforcement Director or his/her designee, to process advanced level grievances, arbitrations and classifications for the Local Union.

All duties listed are required, but may or may not be continuously performed or ongoing at any specific time. This list is not all inclusive:

  1. Represents the union in grievances at the pre-arbitration and arbitration levels (includes backlog panels, personnel boards and adjustment boards), including: scheduling meetings and hearings with employers; preparing files; meeting with members and stewards to gather supporting documentation; striking arbitrators; researching cases, precedent decisions and bargaining history; prepping witnesses; presenting cases; and working with attorneys.
  2. Represents the union in classification studies, including: training teams; researching comparables; writing and presenting proposals; negotiating agreements; and meeting with workers to discuss reclassifications.
  3. Coordinates the Local 521 Grievance/Discipline Appeals panel, including recruiting and training panel members, preparing paperwork related to appeals, facilitating hearings, working with Worksite Organizers, appellates, and Stewards to prepare cases.
  4. Trains rank-and-file Stewards in all of the above.

A minimum of three years experience with contract administration which will normally be obtained through experience as a union worksite organizer/field representative/business agent or attorney/paralegal. The experience in some situations may be obtained as a rank-and-file shop steward who has handled a significant number of grievances at advanced levels in the procedure.

Additional qualifications include:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Knowledge of public and private sector labor laws, contract interpretation and grievance/arbitration theory.
  3. Experience handling classification studies and negotiations.
  4. Strong organizational skills including the ability to keep accurate and detailed files.
  5. Ability to work effectively with diverse group of workers.
  6. Willingness to work long and irregular hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.


REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident bodily injury liability/$100,000 property coverage); and must possess an automobile for business use.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer Attention: Pam Rodgers, Administrative Director

SEIU Local 521
2302 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95131
Email: jobs@seiu521.org
No phone calls please

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

Local 521 is an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Local 521 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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