Union business representatives work primarily in the human resources and labor union departments of companies, and their work revolves around interviewing, and finding jobs for, individuals.
These representatives must be well-informed of all job laws and guidelines, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). With this knowledge, they are responsible for hiring and offering work to certain individuals, as well as informing them of the requirements of jobs for which they apply. They must also maintain communication with those who have applied for jobs and notify them of the current statuses of their applications.
Union business representatives are also responsible for holding job interviews and gathering information about particular clients' skills, prior employment, and abilities to ensure they meet all requirements; from there, they notify company managers of good candidates for work. They must also have experience with computer programs so they can search databases to find good matches for workers, and may also work with job agencies to find these ideal matches.
Those in this position may also be in charge of administering drug tests and interviews for potential job candidates and ensuring that all employees who have been placed with jobs are treated fairly according to labor union laws and guidelines. Some may also work with companies to determine wages and the number of hours an employee receives.
Union Business Representative Tasks
Build relationships with Union Members.
Negotiate contracts between Union Members and Management.
Educate members about their rights, grievance handling, membership signup, etc.
Handle questions and concerns of members.
Encourage dialogue with members and anticipate member needs.