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Labor Relations Manager

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



The Labor Relations Manager supports the Labor Relations Director and may serve as the primary point of contact for certain crafts with first chair responsibility for the proper design, negotiation, drafting, integration, administration and application of the applicable collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), policies, and procedures to achieve the designed corporate objectives. For assigned crafts, the Position will also handle wage and time claims and any disciplinary appeals through the grievance process from the on-property handling to the resolution of the arbitration process, if necessary.  Additionally, the Position will serve as a point of contact for the Company for day-to-day technical expertise regarding such agreements.



  • Serves as a Company subject matter expert to counsel departments on labor relations issues arising out of relevant agreements for assigned crafts; representing Labor Relations in cross-functional efforts that affect labor in the U.S.
  • Works with various departments, under the direction of the Labor Relations Director, to determine operating objectives and evaluates risks and benefits when executing policies, procedures and negotiated agreement changes; and works with legal counsel to mitigate risk, when needed
  • Conducts research for labor relations regarding applicable collective bargaining agreements and providing contract interpretation and creation of contract language for new agreements
  • Develops and implements processes and procedures, under the direction of the Labor Relations Director, to develop institutional knowledge regarding existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts
  • Manages the application of the Company’s existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts by reviewing current and past on-property practices, along with the Labor Relations Director
  • Assists the Labor Relations Director to develop training materials and provide training within the Company on existing collective bargaining agreements for assigned crafts or on other labor relations processes
  • Responds to and prepares timely submissions for claims, grievances and disciplinary appeals in all procedural stages; conferencing claims timely
  • Determines the disposition of pending claims and grievances within delegated settlement authority
  • Represents the Company by presenting oral arguments at arbitration hearings for claims, grievances, and disciplinary appeals progressed by assigned crafts
  • Manages Leniency Committee, consisting of decision makers of all operating departments and legal counsel, and ensures compliance with the Company’s Leniency Policy
  • Manages or assists with other Labor Relations special projects
  • Exemplifies CPKC Vision, Values, and Culture in each and every interaction with team, clients, and stakeholders



  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university - General Studies
  • 5 year(s) - Labor Relations experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
    Experience in the railroad industry preferred
  • Negotiation experience preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team, clients, and stakeholders
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Availability during reasonable working hours
  • Ability to travel up to an average of two times a month
  • Good time management skills



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Drug Test Elements:

CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CPKC safe and drug free. 


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:         


  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service
  • Social Security number verification


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


  • Req ID: 102995
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External





Nearest Major Market: Kansas City

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