Penske Labor Relations Specialist in Santa Ana, California


Position Summary:

The Labor Relations Specialist will have responsibility for contract administration, delivering labor-related training modules, and leading contract negotiations for all labor relations matters. The job is for someone who loves labor law, and who likes working in a fast-paced, growth-oriented business environment which presents daily challenges on labor relations issues.

Penske Truck Leasing is roughly 30% unionized, with over 105 union contracts worldwide, primarily with the IAM, IBT, and UAW.

This position can also be located in Pleasanton CA, Houston TX, or Dallas TX .

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Risk Assessment process to ensure effective follow-up and closure of issues that drive vulnerability.

  • Develop predictive analytic models that enable the department to most effectively meet our goals of maximizing associate engagement as well as creating leverage in contract negotiations.

  • Develop and maintain information systems that adequately capture benchmark data and national trends throughout the transportation industry.

  • Business case development, project/program management, and proposal writing.

  • Ensure compliance with the National Labor Relations Act and other applicable laws.

  • Ensure consistent Associate Relations practices, strategy, and program execution throughout all levels of the organization.

  • Oversee labor agreement administration including advising operations on disciplinary and contract interpretation issues and compliance with local Collective Bargaining Agreements

  • Work with field Human Resources staff to implement and maintain proactive, positive associate relations initiatives.

  • Manage the preparation and presentation of charges related to the National Labor Relations Act. This may be completed with internal staff and/or outside counsel.

  • Provide advice on interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, and arbitrate grievances when necessary.

  • Discharge and disciplinary reviews.

  • Lead the development of process and procedure improvement in a metrics-driven environment.

  • Other projects as assigned by the Manager


  • At least 3-5 years' experience in industrial (labor) relations or operations in unionized environment or 2 years Penske field operations experience or prior Penske Human Resource experience preferred.

  • Experience handling grievances, and presenting cases to grievance panels or arbitrators preferred

  • Bachelor's Degree or Juris Doctorate preferred

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal/persuasion skills

  • Quick thinker who can explain complicated positions to not only executive level leaders, but also front-line supervisors/drivers/dock associates.

  • Strong, confident negotiator who can develop relationships.

Penske is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Regular, predictable, full attendance is an essential function of the job

  • Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at the specific location required, complete Penske employment application, submit to a background investigation (to include past employment, education, and criminal history) and drug screening are required.

Physical Requirements:

-The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-The associate will be required to: read; communicate verbally and/or in written form; remember and analyze certain information; and remember and understand certain instructions or guidelines.

-While performing the duties of this job, the associate may be required to stand, walk, and sit. The associate is frequently required to use hands to touch, handle, and feel, and to reach with hands and arms. The associate must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs/12kg.

-Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Penske is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a partnership of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 260,000 vehicles, employs more than 29,000 people, and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. Visit to learn more.

Work Locations: 2000 E Wilshire Ave, 1st Floor Santa Ana, CA

Primary Location: United States-California-Santa Ana

Job: Human Resources

Penske (Oracle) Job Name: Human Resources

Req ID: 1806658