Senior Labor Relations Specialist - Chicago, IL

Green Thumb IndustriesView state requirements in Illinois
Job Posted
Nov 07, 2022
Company & Role Overview


The Role

The Labor Specialist is a newly created role to support our internal labor relations function. You will have responsibility for contract administration, delivering labor related training modules, performing risk assessments, critical response, and project management for a fast-paced, energetic cannabis company. This individual will report directly to the Labor Counsel and will partner with the Retail, CPG (manufacturing/wholesale) and HR teams to ensure a positive employee relations environment. No prior cannabis experience necessary but you must be passionate about your impact in this new and fast paced environment. This role can be based in our Chicago, Illinois Headquarters or can be performed remotely. In either case, the role could require travel up to 50% of your time to visit our operations in 17+ states and respond to emerging issues.

Core Responsibilities
  • Thought partner with Labor Counsel on metric driven strategies to support GTI's nationwide expansion
  • Negotiate as 2 nd chair for 1 st time contracts and contract renewals
  • Development and refinement of training modules and presentations for best practices related to employee engagement and employee relations
  • Execute and lead internal business partners in response to legal filings
  • Ensure compliance with National Labor Relations Act and other applicable laws
  • Key collaborator with People Management and Employee Relations to implement and maintain proactive, positive employee relations initiatives to reduce risk
  • Coordinate the risk assessment process to identify areas of opportunity and ensure effective follow-up and closure of issues that drive vulnerability
  • Manage projects/programs that support and effectively drive positive employee relations and labor relations practices and strategies throughout the organization
  • Oversee labor agreements administration, including advising internal business units on contract interpretation and application
  • Investigate and support grievance arbitration as necessary
  • Develop and maintain labor project tracking tools
  • Organize and maintain internal SharePoint web page
  • Coordinate and liaise with onsite/local leadership

Additional Responsibilities
  • Maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participate in internal policy development
  • Stay abreast of employee engagement best practices and labor trends
  • Familiarity with Labor Peace Agreements
  • Maintain timely internal documentation of board charges, grievance awards, and briefs
  • Work effectively with external counsel

  • Bachelor's Degree required. Master's Degree or Juris Doctor preferred
  • 2 or more years of traditional labor experience in a unionized environment
  • Knowledge of labor relations in a highly regulated industry such as cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, or pharmaceuticals preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills a must
  • Willingness to travel as necessary
  • Ability to simplify and explain complex issues
  • Project management skills to see tasks through to completion
  • Technologically savvy
  • PC, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Adobe proficiency
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently in solving daily obstacles
  • Accuracy, detail oriented, and confidentiality a must

Additional Requirements
  • Must pass any and all required background checks
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
  • Must possess valid driver's license
  • Must be approved by state badging agency to work in cannabis industry

Company BenefitsBenefits for this job may vary.

Dental, Medical, & Vision Benefits, Paid Time Off, Company Discounts, Flexible Time Off / Unlimited Vacation, Free Snacks / Drinks, Inclusive Environment, Life Insurance, Lunch & Learns, Paid Parental Leave, Relaxed / Casual Dress Code, Short-Term & Long-Term Disability, Work From Home / Remote

About Green Thumb Industries

Calling all curious, collaborative, compassionate, boundary-pushing, trustworthy stewards: There’s a place for you.

Join us on our mission to promote well-being through the power of cannabis while giving back to the communities in which we serve.

People are everything at Green Thumb. Some of us nurture plants while others pore over legal documents or open new stores. A few things we have in common? We’re stewards of the plant, a happy and humble bunch and genuinely love what we do.