Salary: $109,566.42 – $138,636.47 Annually

Department: Administration

Job Number: 21-00231

Closing: Continuous

**Note: This opportunity is open to ALL applicants who meet minimum qualifications. This recruitment announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Application screening will take place weekly. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit application materials as soon as possible.

Pierce Transit is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of improving the quality of life in our community by providing safe, reliable, innovative, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected. Labor Negotiator description image

DescriptionPierce Transit is currently recruiting to fill the role of Labor Negotiator at our headquarters in Lakewood, WA. This position reports to the Executive Director of Administration and is responsible for all aspects of the Agency’s labor relations. In this position, you will serve as spokesperson for collective bargaining in support of management interests as well as provide training, advice and guidance to management staff to ensure compliance with Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) agency policies, and labor and employment laws. We are looking for candidates with proven skills in communicating with Unions, responding to grievances, conducting investigations and writing reports and disciplinary corrective actions.

Essential FunctionsThe following functions are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties:

  • Serve as chief negotiator or as a lead member of the management negotiating team to bargain CBAs. Under the direction of executive directors, negotiates Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Last Chance Agreements (LCAs), and other agreements with the Agency’s labor unions as needed.
  • Facilitate the Agency’s Labor/Management relations with the Agency’s labor unions. Serve as primary liaison between management and union leadership to communicate and negotiate operational, policy, and other changes as they relate to represented employees’ wages, hours, and working conditions.
  • Provide training, consultation, and advice to Agency management staff and other employees.
  • Conduct personnel investigations, prepares, reviews, and edits investigative reports, and prepares, reviews, and edits disciplinary/corrective actions.
  • Serve as the Executive Director of Administration’s delegate to facilitate the labor grievance and arbitration processes, ensure timeline and process adherence, conduct research, prepare for hearings, prepare grievance decisions for approval of executive directors, and respond to union information requests.
  • Administer the Agency’s labor agreements, provide interpretations and advice to management staff. Assist management staff with responses/resolutions to labor issues.
  • Prepare cost analyses, exhibits and summaries of salary survey information in support of contract negotiations.
  • Supervise the work of assigned personnel, including assigning and reviewing work, providing guidance, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Assist in development of divisional and departmental policies, procedures, work rules, and processes. Bargains the implementation and/or impacts of policies, procedures, and work rules.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate regular and consistent attendance.
  • Perform related work as required.



Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field and Five (5) years of experience in labor relations including at least two years’ experience serving as a lead negotiator.Experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis.


Transit agency experience desired.Public sector experience desired.


  • Principles and practices of employee supervision
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Public sector labor and employment laws
  • Updates in labor and employment laws
  • Trends and best practices in labor and employment laws and human resources practices
  • Business English
  • Standard office procedures
  • Microsoft Office products

Skill in:

  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature (multi-tasking)
  • Negotiations
  • Communications (verbal and written)
  • Analysis
  • Organizational/time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer and database skills

Ability to:

  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
  • Follow verbal and written instructions


  • Aligns own behavior and decisions with the needs and goals of the organization to increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Assertively addresses issues and problems that stand in the way of organizational progress.
  • Addressing and resolving conflict constructively by facilitating agreements between two or more parties.
  • Clearly assigns responsibilities for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress, and results; provides feedback to employees and management.
  • Independently performs and accomplishes assignments and supports the department, customers, and/or the organization.
  • Is aware of economic, political, social and demographic environments and their impact on the organization.


Individuals must pass a background check

Supplemental InformationEducation Requirements

Any required education must come from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U S Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.

Application Instructions

To be considered for this vacancy you must apply online:The online application must include a chronological work and/or education history covering ten years.Applicants must also attach a cover letter stating how they meet the qualifications for the position in order to be considered.At least 3 professional references to include a recent or current supervisor with names, email addresses and current phone numbers.


Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.Please ensure that your work history has been updated to include employment end dates as applicable.The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the information provided in the supplemental questions and the content and completeness of the “work experience” and “education” sections of your application at www.piercetransit.com/careers

A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.

All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Pierce Transit Employee Services @ 253-581-8095 or jobs@piercetransit.org

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.

Pierce Transit Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

Pierce Transit’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation