IR Coordinator, participate with Directors and Senior management in change management processes to seek change in plant workforce culture consistent with the Company's Industrial Relations strategy and business model.
In particular seeking to break down barriers between the management, the union and the workforce via leading the Plant Steering Committee (consisted both of union leaders and senior management), IR Lead Team (quarterly IR status report to company Directors), People Forum (bi-weekly meetings with middle management to provide IR guidance, maintain direct line of communication regarding IR strategy, business goals and problem solving) , Contracting Out Committee (consisted of union and company representatives and the committee reviewed all challenged contracted out job assignments), Wage Evaluation Committee (consisted of both union and company representatives working through the contractual process of establishing and or evaluating wage grades) and assist in the development of plant wide communications.
In addition, I currently sit as 1 of 3 company representatives of the 2014 negotiating committee.
This protracted negotiation is ongoing and has led to Company's first initiated lockout in its 62 year history.
In addition with daily negotiation tasks, participation in all industrial relations planning activities before, during and currently continuing to work towards impasse and implementation.
The end of the lockout remains undetermined.
These activities are inclusive of security plans for all bargaining employees, replacement workers and company assets.
Direct involvement with Labor Attorneys, Employment Law Attorneys, Arbitration Advocates, Content Experts in various fields, Private Investigators.
In my role as IR Coordinator, responsible for providing guidance to management personnel in interpretation and application of labor agreement & labor law, organizational policies and procedures, and development of training programs for onboarding of new hires and annual company policy/procedures for all employees (hourly and salaried).
Represent and assist management in its relationship with the local union in grievance, arbitration, wage evaluation and other procedural matters.
Conduct investigations for ethics violations, safety procedure violations, EEOC, Texas Workforce Commission (unemployment hearings), disciplinary events (poor attendance, poor work, drug testing for cause, sleeping on the job, sabotage and sexual harassment).
Ensure day to day decisions are consistent with Sherwin Alumina's IR Strategy and Business Plan.
Resolve disputes, employee performance issues, and administer the disciplinary procedures.
Provide current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions.
In my role as , responsible for the hiring process (creating job descriptions, posting ads, conducting interviews, backgrounds, onboarding orientation) and college fairs/recruiting.
06/1999 to 07/2004
Legal AssistantHunter & Handel, P.C － Corpus Christi, TX
As Hunter & Handel is an insurance defense firm, my responsibilities ran the gamut from reviewing incoming lawsuits, legal calendaring, preparing new client files, legal research, trial observation, drafting of discovery responses [interrogatories, request for disclosure, request for production, request for admissions, filing documents with the different courts in all the nearby counties, interviewing witnesses, setting up mediations between parties and/or depositions of witnesses and preparing for and attending trial(s) with attorney(s).
03/1998 to 03/1999
Business ConsultantRoofing International, Inc － McAllen, TX
Initially, I was hired to work on a special project whereby Roofing International Inc.
would enter into a buyout with an out of state conglomerate in the Roofing Industry.
Specifically, I was to gather all corporate legal and accounting documents and prepare the company for the buyout.
Roofing International Inc.
chose not to participate in the rollover and the company president decided to keep me on board to assist in further developing the infrastructure of the organization.
I developed the company business plan, drafted an apprenticeship program using Dept.
of Labor specifications, created an In-House Training program, created an employee manual, applied for and successfully received a Smart Jobs Funds for training.
In addition, I created and maintained all JTPA contracts, legal files, meeting agendas and personnel files.
03/1996 to 01/1998
Procurement SpecialistCounty of Hidalgo
Office of Employment and Training － McAllen, TX
The primary objective was to build a Contract Department, as one did not exist.
The department was to properly document and administer over 7 million dollars in JTPA funds allocated annually to Hidalgo County.
Specifically, to review the construction and proper regulatory compliance standard of all contracts involving participants, vendors and subcontractors as they pertain to the Texas Workforce Commission or other State or Federally funded programs.
Compose and compile information into a comprehensive and competent documents.
Responsible for the interpretation and compliance with State and federal law requirements and procedures.
Maintains files and records on all work products and contracts with original signature and absolute documentation to reinforce state and federal compliances.
Reviews prepared materials and illustration with appropriate personnel to ascertain clarity of material.
Search record files and other sources to confirm validity of contracts and/or documents.
Supervised 2 clerical staff and 1 administrative assistant.
Inter-relate and effectively communicate within the agency with all administrative staff members heading up other departments, internal monitors and State monitors.
Inter-relate and effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with all subcontractors and vendors providing services to the Service Delivery Area (SDA).
10/1992 to 11/1995
Executive Assistant to President & CEOLittle Feet Industries, Inc － Houston, TX
Helped the President of the company set up not only the current daily administrative and manufacturing operations of Little Feet Industries, Inc.
but also helped to establish the long term business goals.
On a daily basis supervised an office staff of 8 and on a bi-weekly basis supervised approximately 70 factory employees.
Additional responsibilities included assisting the CPA with end of month Financial Statements, planning and purchasing all raw materials for all items in production, handled all human resource issues [advertising job announcements, interviewing, hiring, payroll, disciplinary actions, terminations, maintaining employment documents] and interacting with all Government Agencies.
As Office Manager was responsible for a number of diverse activities such as Human Resource issues [posting job advertisements, interviewing, keeping all personnel files in order and up to date with necessary documents], communicating in Spanish to production line employees the daily job orders, received and supervised all incoming and outgoing shipments [i.e.
inventory and outgoing product], maintained account receivables and payables including end-of-month closings and reconciliations, reconciled accounts between the company accounts and it's factoring agent and handled all collection matters.
Juris DoctorateUniversity of Houston Law Center － Houston, TX
Bachelors of Business AdministrationCorpus Christi State University － Corpus Christi, TX
30 Hours of MBA
Associate of ArtsDel Mar College － Christi, TX
2525 Ross Ave. Ste# 1000
Dallas, TX 75201 Effective: May 1998 Certificate: Certified MediatorNational Mediation Academy