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Union Labor Relations Manager

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Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: US

Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies

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Company : BVCI  

Req Id : 51521 

Job Title : Union Labor Relations Manager  

Location : USVRTL 


Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : No 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Project Only Hire : No 

Visa Sponsorship Available: No 

Job Summary

Act as the centralized resource for Black & Veatch Construction, Inc. (BVCI) Labor Relations team. Perform research duties for the team and collaborate with the Director of Labor Relations to produce labor surveys for industrial construction projects and support the overall labor relations function for BVCI. Correspond directly with construction industry Local Unions and Building & Construction Trades Council leadership to gather information and develop survey reports for the team.

***This professional may have his/her home base anywhere within the U.S. with potential travel requirements to project sites as needed.

***This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship

  BVCI, a proud part of the BV family of companies, offers Union shop construction services for on-time, on-budget project delivery.

 Our professionals deliver solid dependable solutions for industrial construction projects of all sizes, enabling us to provide leading construction services for our clients. Together, we have an integrated approach to project execution with an emphasis on safety, quality, cost, and schedule.

We work with our clients on EPC as well as construction-only projects. We self-perform projects by executing direct hire labor as well as utilizing subcontractor elements. We continue to expand our services offered and build our project backlog.

Now is the time to work at BVCI!

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute the unon labor survey function for BVCI, obtain, analyze, and configure data for labor surveys that will provide accurate representation and assessment of any labor avaialibility risks in performing a potential construction project.
  • Communicate regularly with Local Union Hall representatives and Building & Construciton Trades Council leadership for the collection, development, and presentation of union labor rates and regional labor market data to BVCI proposal team for locations of potential construction projects.
  • Utilize Microsoft Excel and Word at an advanced level to examine labor demand and labor availability and produce reports with data to highlight labor availibilty, any shortfalls and evaluate possible methods for mitigating labor shortages.
  • Management of all Labor Relations Information regarding current and past labor surveys, labor agreements and relevant information pertaining to the Building Trades construction industry projects.
  • Advises on Local Union labor wage and fringe fund rates, prevailing wage rates, labor agreements including contract terms, conditions, restrictions and any regional or local practices or preferences.
  • In partnership with the Director of Labor Relations, communicates frequently and meets regularly with the Local Union and Building & Construction Trades Council leadership regarding labor trends and wage rates.
  • Management and coordination of overall Labor Relations program.
  • Team oriented individual who works directly with the Director of Labor Relations or assigned designee and labor relations team.
  • Attends national organization conferences as a BVCI representative.
  • Leads project labor management meetings.
  • Representing management in union/labor relations including the negotiation, interpretation, and administration of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Investigating and resolving complaints, grievances, and disputes.
  • May be required to travel from time to time to assist with other labor issues within the company.

Management Responsibilities

Individual Contributor
Supervises work of others. Responsible for hiring, discipline, and pay administration of their subordinates.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4-year college degree preferred.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills preferred. Communication skills needed, Negotiation experience, Experience dealing with Unions, Experience with Union Contracts, Solid writing skills. This person must have the ability to deal with multiple personalities of differing prefessional levels and to handle difficult interpersonal situations. Understanding of construction.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 7+ years relevant experience; Industrial construction experience with NABTU and UBC building and construction trades unions preferred; Similar experience dealing with labor agreements, local union halls, and/or large teams of directly hired union craft preferred.
  • All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Union Apprenticeship Program completion preferred; Current or past union member preferred.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Physical Demands

  • Lift and carry heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds. 
  • Stand, Kneel, Bend, Stoop, Move, and Walk long distances in and around confined, cluttered places, and uneven areas.
  • See and hear naturally or with correction.   
  • Full range of motion and flexibility consistent with requirements of the job duties. 
  • Requires using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls according to a set procedure. 
  • Requires repetitive movement. 
  • May require work above 5 feet in height.
  • Climb and maintain balance on steel framework, stairs, ladders and scaffolds. 
  • Work up to a 12 hour shift doing hard physical labor in varying temperature extremes and other outside conditions. 

Work Environment

  • Typical construction site environment:  
  • Requires working in cramped work spaces and getting into awkward positions. 
  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32F degrees) temperatures and exposure to inclement weather such as dust, wind, snow, rain, etc. 
  • Requires working in extremely bright or low lighting conditions 
  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable. 
  • Work around hazardous equipment.
  • Typical office environment.
  • Heavy traveling schedule going from one project to the next.
  • Due to constant travel and nature of the work; ability to work from home.


Interpersonal savvy
Plans and aligns
Organizational savvy
Drives results
Optimizes work processes

Salary Plan

ADM: Administrative/Business

Job Grade


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