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Title:  Manager Labor Counsel


Long Island City, NY, US, 11101

Req ID:  34522

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Position Title: Manager Labor & Employment Counsel


Position Summary

The Manager Labor & Employment Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance related to collective bargaining labor relations, employment matters, and contractual dispute resolution/grievance processes and procedures.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide support for Labor Relations Team and operational leadership on union-related issues
  • Counsel leadership on labor disputes, including employee discipline and work rule disputes
  • Support collective bargaining agreement negotiations
  • Represent company in grievance hearings, mediations and arbitrations before the System Board of Adjustment
  • Manage outside legal counsel retained to provide assistance in labor and employment issues
  • Counsel and support the People team on wide range of employment issues, employment discrimination and other administrative charges and employment litigation
  • Prepare and conduct trainings on various labor law topics, including dispute resolution, employee discipline and positive crew relations
  • Support strategy for Preserve the Direct Relationship (PDR), including union avoidance
  • Draft, review, and revise people-related company policies and procedures
  • Negotiate and review employment agreements
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Experience and Qualifications

  • Juris doctorate and admission to the Bar of any state
  • Five (5) years of experience at a law firm or a corporate in-house legal department with unionized workgroups
  • Extensive knowledge of labor and employment laws and best practices
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • Experience representing clients in labor and employment related administrative hearings, mediations and arbitrations
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office XP applications
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under limited supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Available for occasional overnight travel (10%)
  • Must pass a ten (10) year background check and pre-employment drug test
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the country in which the position is located

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  • Admission to the New York Bar
  • Experience negotiating and/or interpreting employment agreements
  • Experience with international employment/labor laws and past work with other local counsel in different countries
  • Spanish language skills

Crewmember Expectations:

  • Regular attendance and punctuality
  • Potential need to work flexible hours and be available to respond on short-notice
  • Well-groomed and able to maintain a professional appearance
  • When working or traveling on JetBlue flights, and if time permits, all capable crewmembers are asked to assist with light cleaning of the aircraft
  • Must be an appropriate organizational fit for the JetBlue culture, that is, exhibit the JetBlue values of Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion
  • Promote JetBlue’s #1 value of safety as a Safety Ambassador, supporting JetBlue’s Safety Management System (SMS) components, Safety Policy and behavioral standards
  • Identify safety concerns, issues, incidents or hazards that should be reported and report them whenever possible and by any means necessary including JetBlue’s confidential reporting systems (Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) or Safety Action Report(SAR))
  • Adhering to all applicable laws, regulations (FAA, OSHA, DOT, etc.) and Company policies, procedures and risk controls
  • Upholding JetBlue’s safety performance metric goals and understanding how they relate to their duties and responsibilities


  • Computer and other office equipment

Work Environment:

  • Normal Office Environment

Physical Effort:

  • Generally not required, or up to 10 pounds occasionally, 0 pounds frequently. (Sedentary)



Nearest Major Market: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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