The Role

The Labor Relations Manager is a newly created role to support our internal labor relations function. You will have responsibility for creating a proactive labor relations environment and prioritizing risk assessments, delivering labor related training modules, responding to third party campaigns, contract negotiations, administration, internal crisis communication development and project management for a fast-paced, energetic cannabis company. The role requires at least 7 years of traditional labor relations or labor law experience. This individual will report directly to the Senior Labor Counsel and will partner with the Retail, CPG (manufacturing/wholesale) and Human Resources 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 15 states and respond to emerging or time sensitive issues.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop and sustain a pro employee and third-party free environment
  • Thought partners with Labor Counsel on metric driven strategies to support GTI nationwide expansion
  • Works with little oversight to develop a proactive or reactive response to third party interventions
  • Acts a primary spokesperson for company during workforce crisis management
  • Own the risk assessment process to ensure effective follow-up and closure of issues that drive vulnerability
  • Identify and resolve issues before they reach critical mass
  • Effectively drive labor relations practices and strategies throughout the organization
  • Establishes and maintains labor industry relationships
  • Negotiates as 1st chair for initial contracts and contract renewals
  • Leads training module development, execution, and refinement for best practices
  • Support and lead other initiatives/projects such as policy modification, workforce trends, best practices, etc. as needed
  • Execute and lead internal business partners in response to labor relations matters
  • Ensure compliance with National Labor Relations Act and other applicable laws
  • Key collaborator with HR and ER staff to implement and maintain proactive, positive employee relations initiatives to reduce risk
  • Oversee labor agreements administration, including advising internal business units on disciplinary and contract interpretation issues and support grievance handling
  • Discharge and disciplinary reviews
  • Investigate grievance arbitration as necessary
  • Develops and maintains labor project tracking tools and standard operating procedures
  • Assist with the creation and production of PowerPoint presentations
  • Organizes the Labor Relations SharePoint web page and keeps it up to date
  • Coordinate and liaise with onsite/local leadership

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participate 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 or comparable experience required. Master’s Degree or Juris Doctor preferred
  • 7 or more years of traditional labor relations experience in the private sector in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of labor relations in a highly regulated industry such as cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, or pharmaceuticals preferred.
  • Experience assisting management effectively to manage labor organizing campaigns
  • Must possess general knowledge of labor laws, United States government, the regulatory state, and current labor union events
  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills a must.
  • Ability to travel ~50% as necessary
  • Ability to simplify and explain complex issues to front line workers and supervisors
  • Project management skills to see tasks through to completion.
  • Technologically savvy
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft suite of tools including Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Adobe
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as the ability to work 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.

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