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Management Trainee-Labor Relations

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Date: Feb 1, 2019

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23510

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 11166: MT - Labor Relations 

Posting Start Date: 01/31/2019

Location: Norfolk, VA (through mid-summer 2021 - estimated)

                Atlanta, GA (commencing mid-summer 2021 - estimated)


A Day in the Life of a Labor Relations Management Trainee


As a Fortune 300 company, Norfolk Southern employees over 28,000 employees, the vast majority of whom are covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  As a Labor Relations Management Trainee, you will assist with the review and research of and preparation of response to questions, claims and grievances that arise under collective bargaining agreement(s) for the craft(s) that fall under the jurisdiction of the position. You will research past practices, agreement interpretations, and arbitral precedence to defend Management’s rights and maximize workforce productivity. You will prepare submissions to defend management's position in arbitration.


What makes a successful Labor Relations Management Trainee?


  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong analytical thinking skills
  • Willingness to study reference materials, ask questions and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability to grow from constructive feedback
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize work demands effectively, and meet deadlines without sacrificing standards of work
  • Ability to interact with various levels of management while being positive and professional
  • Solid decision making skills


Work Environment


Environment: Office, M-F

Shift Work: No

On Call: No

Weekend Work: Yes

Travel Required: 0 - 2 days per month


Projected Career Path:


Management Trainee --> Labor Relations Specialist --> Assistant Labor Relations Officer --> Labor Relations Officer




  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
    • Preferred Degree Paths: Labor Relations, Political Science, Business, Law, as well as Liberal Arts degrees will be considered



Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

We are a team of more than 28,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation". As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Norfolk Southern is an equal opportunity employer including veterans and disabled.

Nearest Major Market: Hampton Roads

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