SEIU Local 121RN

SEIU Local 121RN

Chief Negotiator

Based in Pasadena, CA


SEIU Local 121RN, a powerful voice for Registered Nurses and Licensed Professionals in Southern California, is looking for a Chief Negotiator. Local 121RN represents more than 9,000 Registered Nurses and Licensed Professionals working in hospitals throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside counties. Local 121RN is leading the fight to win strong contracts, enact strong workplace protections and strengthen staffing and other important standards for our members.

Job Summary:
The Chief Negotiator is responsible for assisting with the implementation of a collective bargaining program that focuses on member participation in contract and worksite issue campaigns. The Chief Negotiator also assists with coordination of the overall collective bargaining process involving notifications to members, employers and other staff in order to have active participation throughout negotiations – including preparing for actions such as workplace delegations, pickets and other field campaigns.

Essential Functions:

  • Negotiate Union contracts.
  • Ensure Bargaining Team members participate in the Union’s collective bargaining workshop prior to negotiations.
  • Ensure demand to bargain letters and information requests are sent to employers, FMCS and any other applicable agencies in advance of the minimum notification requirement.
  • Coordinate with the field supervisory team and Union Reps/Organizers to assist with field plan development in support of contract negotiations.
  • Work with the field supervisory team, Union Reps/Organizers and the Communications team on field messaging during the negotiations process.
  • Work with Bargaining Team members to ensure their development during contract negotiations.
  • Analyze current contracts to determine and identify language not reflective of current bargaining priorities, industry standards, or legal requirements.
  • Coordinate contract negotiation and ratification campaigns.
  • Create and maintain proposal trackers.
  • Review and analyze information provided by employers related to negotiations; and
  • Coordinate on member communications with other teams within the department.

Cross-Department Coordination:

  • Close coordination with
    • the Internal Organizing team developing and implementing comprehensive contract campaigns.
    • the Union’s Program Directors (e.g., Political, Research, Communications, etc.) to tie collective bargaining campaigns to strategic priorities of the Union.
    • the Union’s General Counsel to ensure Employers are meeting their legal bargaining obligations and to ensure charges are filed when appropriate, etc.; and
  • Support other departments and teams of the Union as needed and work with members and leaders to develop leadership skills needed to support other priorities of the Local, such as but not limited to, legislative and new organizing efforts.

Other Requirements:

  • The role will require a commitment to often work long and irregular hours to prepare for and attend events and Union activities on weekends, evenings, and some holidays (e.g., Labor Day), or to complete assignments that cannot be completed in a regular workday or during the week.
  • Get out the Vote events (All Staff): Participate in occasional neighborhood canvassing events
  • Civic Actions (All Staff): Support our nurses during civic events through attendance and participation. This may include, but is not limited to, annual events such as May Day and other Labor-events including marches or parades; or strikes, lawful protests and rallies, or other civic actions and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Specifications: Qualifications, Skills, Experience and Attributes:

  • Five (5) years or more experience in negotiations, labor-management joint work and representation/contract enforcement.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as Chief Negotiator for large contract campaigns and developing and managing a Bargaining Team/Committee.
  • Knowledge of labor law, especially as it relates to collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, mediation and arbitration processes.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and annual goals of SEIU Local 121RN is a requirement of this position.
  • Above average oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment and capacity to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality and discretion in managing Union information and resources.
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills, ability to develop and carry out work plans with minimal supervision, and ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are necessary skills.
  • Excellent independent judgment and ability to build relationships and inspire trust are considered key components of this role.
  • Strong drafting skills for clear and accurate drafting of proposals, agreements, employer correspondence, and member communications.
  • Analyzing employer proposals and working with Union bargaining committee to facilitate strategy discussions, develop responses and counterproposals, and advance the bargaining.
  • Ability to identify impermissible actions by Employers (e.g., bad faith bargaining - dilatory and surface bargaining, regressive bargaining, refusal to bargain, etc.)
  • Some travel and occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Drivers’ license, an automobile, and automobile insurance are requirements of this position. Cell phone and car allowance is provided.
  • Long and irregular hours frequently required, including evenings, weekends and some holidays.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Typical Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Regularly operate a computer, cell phone, and other general office equipment.
  • Stand, walk, and/or sit for long periods of time.
  • Move through the office to access file cabinets and operate office equipment
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Traverse in the office and in an outside environment during various types of events. This may include moving, or being stationary, for multiple hours, in outside conditions. Traversing may include ascending/descending stairs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can elevate during events and campaign activities.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • May include exposure to large crowds.

The Chief Negotiator interacts with Union members, Executive Board members, Officers, staff and visitors. It is crucial to have the ability to communicate and relate respectfully and professionally with a diverse membership and staff.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time, salaried, overtime-exempt position. The salary range for this position is between $80,000-$85,000, which will be based on the candidate’s relevant and verifiable professional experience and qualifications. SEIU Local 121RN offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental and vision benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, a 401(K) plan as well as generous holiday and vacation policies.

To Apply:
Please send your letter of interest, résumé and three (3) references via email with the job title Chief Negotiator in the subject line to Gabriela Perez at perezg@seiu121rn.org. No phone calls, please.

SEIU Local 121RN is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

This job posting may not reflect the complete job description.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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