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Merck & Co, Inc

Specialist, Labor Relations ( MERCUSR193275ENUS)

Skilled Labor




West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Specialist, Labor Relations:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with Labor Lead, provides day-to-day and strategic labor relations consultation and support to managers of bargaining unit employees (multiple unions and locations) on contract interpretation, grievance administration, investigations, corrective actions and other day-to-day contract administration. Plays a supporting role preparing for and participating in arbitrations and contract negotiations.

  • Acts as Company representative for WP-Teamsters unit and manages the OPEIU posting/bidding process and other day-to-day contract administration activities.

  • In conjunction with Labor Lead, works with senior management and union leadership to facilitate site business objectives through “Idea Leadership” consultations. Sources appropriate resources to address labor issues and help to facilitate a high-performance organization through transparent and equitable issue resolution.

  • Collaborates with other HR professionals to develop and implement comprehensive labor relations training and positive employee relations (PER) training for non-union sites. Monitors external trends and best practices in the field of labor and employee relations. Also supports multi-site projects for Labor and Employee Relations COE and business objectives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in either an HR/Labor Relations role in a union environment or in a management position supervising union personnel (or both)

  • Experience with contract administration and interpretation, investigations and grievance handling and problem resolution

  • Ability to effectively influence and provide sound consultation to line clients and senior business stakeholders

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software

  • Must exhibit sound research and analytical skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as organizational skills with demonstrated ability to work with all levels of employees

  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, meeting aggressive deadlines and maintaining the flexibility to work on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously

  • Strong team contributor who can demonstrate the ability to positively support team members effectively.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously are critical to success.

  • This position will be located in our West Point, PA. facility and will have dual-site responsibility for our Rahway location. Some office hours/coverage will be expected in our Rahway, NJ. location.


  • Experience maintaining a Positive Employee Relations environment, HR generalist, change management and project management experience

  • Experience developing and conducting training and preparing executive presentations/reports

  • Knowledge of employment legal practices/policies

  • Master’s Degree in Labor Relations/Human Resources

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully
Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:

Hybrid, On-Site


1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

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Requisition ID:R193275