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Airgas Usa LLC Attorney - Labor Practice Group in Chicago, Illinois

Attorney - Labor Practice Group

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Airgas, an Air Liquide company, is the leading U.S. supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as hardgoods and related products. We are in all 50 states, which is one reason why we’re one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products and a leading U.S. supplier of ammonia products and process chemicals.

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The Airgas Labor Practice Group, an interdisciplinary, field-based team that provides essential support to business leaders enterprise-wide, invites candidates to apply for the position of Director and Attorney. This high-profile position is responsible for collective bargaining, contract administration, arbitrations, unfair labor practice investigations, representation matters, providing accurate and timely legal advice and other support, and the implementation and administration of various workplace initiatives. This role requires a deep practical knowledge industrial relations, subject matter expertise in traditional labor law, including recent changes to NLRA case law, and working knowledge of the LMRDA, OSHA, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, and workers compensation laws.

This is a field-based position that normally requires up to 60% travel (most travel requirements are suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic); candidates should reside near a hub airport in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. This role requires long hours, frequent travel, attention to detail, good judgement, discretion, superior written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple assignments under strict deadlines. The successful candidate will display the highest level of professionalism and integrity and will exhibit a passion for learning and professional improvement.

Candidates must be actively licensed to practice in their home state, and must have demonstrated experience negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, managing NLRB investigations, and handling arbitration cases. Experience influencing front-line managers and HR Generalists is preferred but not required. Current and former Labor Union advocates are encouraged to apply. Exceptional non-lawyer candidates with strong HR backgrounds may be considered for an Associate Director or Director role.

This position reports to the Vice President and Counsel, Labor Practice Group, and offers high visibility throughout the organization, as well as interaction with senior company leaders.

Responsibilities: * Act as company spokesperson and lead negotiations for collective bargaining agreements at locations throughout the United States in collaboration with senior management and HR generalists. * Ensure negotiations result in agreements that are consistent with national business priorities. * Ensure alignment between workforce relations policies and other key constituencies such as HR, Benefits, Safety, Operations and Fleet Management. * Develop and help business administer strike contingency plans at the Regional level. * Analyze employment data and cost bargaining proposals. * Identify relevant trends, events or political developments that may impact the Company’s business strategies. * Litigate arbitrations. * Assist with NLRA-related litigation and case handling. * Direct the company’s response to RC and other petitions. * Administer the company’s positive workplace development programs. * Perform other job duties as assigned. Qualifications: * A J.D. from an accredited law school and a license to practice law and in good standing under the Bar of the state of residence (or exceptionally strong and relevant HR background). * Demonstrated direct relevant Industrial Relations experience. * Demonstrated arbitration experience. * Demonstrated NLRB case-handling experience. * Ability to work effectively and cooperatively on projects with business executives, front-line managers and human resources professionals. * Demonstrated business acumen, professional competence and integrity. * Common sense and good judgment. * Strong written and verbal communication skills. * Willingness to travel extensively and work long hours. *What’s Next: * If you are excited about thriving in a collaborative and challenging work environment, then please apply with your resume.

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Job: *Legal

Title: Attorney - Labor Practice Group

Location: Illinois-Chicago-60618

Requisition ID: 29776

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