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Labor Relations Management Trainee - Atlanta, GA

Norfolk Southern is a Fortune 300 company with a new “state of the art” Headquarters located in tech-centric Mid-Town Atlanta.

Primary Purpose:
Norfolk Southern is a freight railroad wherein over 80% of our employees belong to 11 unions. As a Labor Relations Management Trainee, you will assist with the review and research of and preparation of response to questions, claims and grievances that arise under collective bargaining agreement(s) for the craft(s) that fall under the jurisdiction of the position. You will research past practices, agreement interpretations, arbitral precedence and leverage analytical tools and applications to analyze historical data sets to defend Management’s rights and maximize workforce productivity. You will prepare submissions to defend management's position in arbitration.  

Principal Duties:
•    Prepares arbitration briefs and acts as oral advocate for managements position in front of arbitrators.
•    Including but not limited to: time claims, discipline & rules. 
•    Prepares summary analysis and recommendations in discipline cases.
•    Conducts research on labor agreements and prior National Railroad Adjustment Board decisions.
•    Including Collective Bargaining as well as craft specific agreements. 
•    Provides advice and counsel to Operations supervisors and other managers of craft employees
•    Interacts with Union leadership (general chairmen) and handles claim conferences.

Job Related Experience:
Minimum Level: December college graduates encouraged to apply
Preferred: 1 to 2 years of transferrable experience

Preferred Level: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Majors: Labor Relations, Political Science, Business, Law, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management, Human Resources, as well as Liberal Arts degrees will be considered

What makes a successful Labor Relations Management Trainee?
•    Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
•    Strong analytical thinking & decision-making skills
•    Objective thinking
•    Ability to study extensive reference materials, ask questions, resolve problems & grow from constructive feedback
•    Ability to manage time, prioritize work demands effectively, and meet deadlines without sacrificing standards of work
•    Ability to interact and engage with all levels of NS personnel

Career Path:
Future Jobs:
•    Assistant Labor Relations Officer
•    Labor Relations Officer
•    Senior Labor Relations Officer

Work Conditions
Environment: Hybrid; 3 days remote/2 days in office
Shift Work: No
On-Call: Rarely
Weekend Work: Rarely
Travel Required: 0 - 2 Days per Month