Sr. Labor Relations Counsel

Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l.

External Description:


Sr. Labor Relations Counsel

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 59,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks a Senior Labor Relations Counsel to represent more than 12,000 United pilots for our Rosemont, IL office. Under minimal direct supervision and within the limitations of Association policy, the Senior Labor Relations Counsel, provides assistance to pilot governing bodies and to individual members on all subjects that affect their employment. They use thorough understanding of applicable laws and comprehensive experience in Association policies and procedures to handle an extensive range of complex labor relations assignments, often on short notice, and function as a labor relations professional. They also provide staff assistance in all phases of negotiating agreements; coordinate all activities during negotiations while concurrently maintaining communication with all interested parties; monitor and administer contracts; manage FAA actions against individual pilots; prepare summaries of NTSB Accident/Incident hearings; handle all case management functions; and, will work on national projects in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. They actively listen, build trust, and adapt their style and tactics to fit the audience. Travel, significant and, at times, on short notice is required. Must be flexible and mobile – sometimes on short notice – based on meeting calendars, projects, and support demands.

At times, issues may be time-sensitive and of critical importance to the Association. Working in coordination with other departments and committees, they will be relied upon to make recommendations regarding the strategy and actions that should be taken in each situation.

Travel required: usually 10 – 25%; sporadically 50 – 75%.


Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Law (LLM), or similar advanced degree from an approved school of law required.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar.
  • Fifteen (15) years of related experience in labor law and litigation required, twenty (20) or more years strongly preferred. Aviation and/or labor law experience preferred. At management discretion, significant and in-depth, directly applicable, labor negotiation experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.
  • Experience in collective bargaining and grievance arbitration preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff; external contacts; senior legal and aviation professionals; and, pilots.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to organize and coordinate tactics for long-term objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions.
  • Knowledge of the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate mid- and long-term endeavors.
  • Experience using online legal research, Westlaw or the equivalent, preferred.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Physical Demands:


Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.

Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet. Regularly required to maintain a stationary position, move about the office and the local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information, including courtrooms.

Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and travel (locally, nationally, and, infrequently, internationally). Also includes occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases.

Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.). While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)

Relocation Not Provided.
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