Cook County Offices Under The President

OVERVIEW

The Bureau of Human Resources seeks a Labor Liaison Officer to serve as liaison
with union representatives on behalf of County management during contract
negotiations and documents proceedings. Assists Senior Labor Liaison Officer with
collective bargaining issues and works with the Senior Labor Liaison Officer and
Director of Labor (or designee) in determining negotiation positions, policies and
strategy. Under the general supervision of the Senior Labor Liaison Officer, acts as
a spokesperson on behalf of the County during contract negotiations and impact
bargaining sessions.

Cook County offers great benefits and the chance to participate in a strong tradition
of public service. Cook County is home to more than five million residents, roughly
45% of Illinois’ population. Cook County Government provides a range of vital
services and programs that enhance the quality of life for residents across the
region. These services range from health care to urban planning. Cook County is
committed to empowering its employees to bring our constituents the best that
public service has to offer.

WHY PURSUE A CAREER WITH COOK COUNTY?

In addition to providing employees with a challenging, rewarding environment for
career and personal growth, we are proud to also offer some of the best benefits in
the public sphere, including:

  • Top Tier Medical Benefits: Medical Plans, Prescription Drug Benefit, Dental
    Plans, Vision Plan and 7 Additional voluntary benefit plans
  • Flexible Teleworking Options
  • Generous, Flexible Paid Time Off (13 paid designated holidays; Minimum of
    10 vacation days annually; Up to 4 personal days annually; and Paid sick
    leave)
  • Pension Plan
  • Financial Support Programs and Resources: Life Insurance, Flexible
    Spending Accounts – Dependent Day Care, Commuter Benefits, Discounted
    Parking, PSLF Eligibility, Deferred Compensation and Education Tuition
    Stipend
  • Health/Wellness Perks: Flexible Spending Accounts-Health Care, Employee
    Assistance Program and MyHealth Connections wellness program.

Please review carefully the Employee Benefits page. For benefits questions contact Risk Management at 312-603-6385
or email risk.mgmt@cookcountyil.gov.

SNAPSHOT OF COOK COUNTY:

Serves 5.28 million residents of Chicago and its inner suburbs

  • 2nd largest county in America
  • Larger than 27 states

Cook County employs over 22,000 employees who work in a variety of skilled jobs and trades.

  • Nearly 80% unionized workforce
  • 15 unions represented
  • 63 separate collective bargaining agreements

Highway – Cook County maintains almost 600 miles of roads and highways.

Land – Cook County assesses the value of more than 1.5 million parcels of taxable land and collects and
distributes tax funds as a service for local government taxing bodies.

Safety – Cook County provides vital services to local government, from conducting elections in suburban areas
to offering 911 services in unincorporated areas and municipalities.

LOCATION:

Located in the Loop District of downtown Chicago, one of the most formidable business districts in the world, the area
has an astounding number of cultural foundations, stunning parks such as Millennial Park and Maggie Daley Park, steps
away from the Chicago Riverwalk, award-winning restaurants and plenty of shopping! In addition, Chicago is serviced
by multiple bus and train lines for public transportation from the suburbs to the city, taxis are plentiful, public parking
garages for motorist, and bicycle share rentals and local bike lanes for bicyclist.

ROLE SUMMARY

Serve as a liaison with union representatives on behalf of County management during contract negotiations and
documents proceedings. Assists Senior Labor Liaison Officer with collective bargaining issues and works with the Senior
Labor Liaison Officer and Director of Labor (or designee) in determining negotiation positions, policies and strategy.
Under the general supervision of the Senior Labor Liaison Officer, acts as a spokesperson on behalf of the County during
contract negotiations and impact bargaining sessions. Coordinates and attends strategy meetings, negotiation
sessions, and assists in the compilation of County negotiation proposals. Documents all management and union
negotiation proposals, maintains control of all tentative agreements in negotiations, and works with counsel and union
representatives to compile the union contracts. Prepares union contracts and wage scales for Board approval. Directs
and coordinates implementation of wage components with appropriate County departments and offices as necessary.
Provides assistance to Labor Counsel, the Assistant State’s Attorneys outside counsel, union representatives and other
entities regarding various labor related issues including wage scale and rate implementation, impact bargaining,
contract implementation, and dues deductions. Maintains databases, records, and information from past grievance
files, personnel records, salary grades of specific union job classifications and previous union labor agreement
information. Consults with Senior Labor Liaison Officer, the Director of Labor and counsel in matters of highest
confidentiality and effectively recommends policy changes and courses of action in connection therewith.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Performs research activities in conjunction with the Senior Labor Officer when necessary, related to contract
negotiations for Deputy Chief of Human Resources/Director of Labor Relations, Labor Counsels, union representatives
and individual County Departments whenever necessary.

Participates in collective bargaining negotiations as a representative for the County; collects and maintains control of
proposals and tentative agreements and works with the Senior Labor Counsel, Director of Labor and counsel to identify
issues and develop strategy for collective bargaining.

Works with the Senior Labor Liaison Officer and Deputy Director in determining negotiation positions, policies and
strategy.

Assists the Labor Relations Department staff with grievance resolution and CBA disputes.

Conducts liaison activities between management and labor union representatives in order to identify and resolve
disputes or contractual discrepancies.

Analyzes texts of collective bargaining agreements to ensure clarity of language and intent and may make
recommendations to Senior Labor Liaison Officer for contract language revisions.

May serve as an informational resource for union contract negotiations by conducting research and furnishing
reference documents and statistical data to the management negotiating team.

As directed by the Senior Labor Liaison Officer, assists in the resolution of unfair labor practice charges and arbitration
cases.

As directed by the Senior Labor Liaison Officer assists with the implementation of terms and conditions of collective
bargaining agreements; works closely with County departments, including Comptroller, Budget office, Enterprise
Technology, and Human Resources to implement cost of living adjustments, reclassifications and salary upgrades, and
other economic matters. Monitors and coordinates the timely preparation of Resolutions for the County Board and
Health and Hospital System Board for approval of wages and contracts.

Prepares resolutions for the County Board and Cook County Health and Hospital System Board for approval of wages
and contracts. Receives and reviews correspondence from various trade organizations regarding annual trade rate
changes including prevailing rate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of or ability to quickly and effectively grasp and utilize County policies, protocols and technical vernacular
used throughout each union labor agreement for the County.

Knowledge of all Cook County labor relations functions, principles, techniques, contract terminology, office practices
and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of business communication principles and techniques, contract terminology, office practices and
procedures relative to labor relations.

Skill in resolving labor/management contractual negotiation disputes.

Skill in scrutinizing text of contractual labor agreements.

Skill in the use of the art of diplomacy and confidentiality with arbitrators, attorneys, County employees, County
managerial personnel and union representatives.

Ability to conduct research functions for purposes of providing accurate documentation and statistical data for union
contract negotiations.

Ability to communicate effectively with tact and courtesy and to conduct oneself in a professional manner. Good
communication skills; ability to gather information from others and make inquiries; ability to convey information and
explain or describe County policy and procedure to others in person or by telephone.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, PLUS three (3) years’ work experience in
Business Administration, Public Administration, Labor Relations, or related field OR an equivalent combination of
professional work experience, training and education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Possession of a master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Labor Relations, Juris Doctor or
Paralegal Certificate.

Five (5) years’ work experience in Business or Public Administration, Labor Relations or related field.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Sedentary Work

Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to
lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve
walking or standing for brief periods of time.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as
a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily
outside an employee’s normal line of work.

To apply for this job email your details to BHR.workforcestrategy@cookcountyil.gov