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Human Resources and Labor Relations- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co.

    Human Resources and Labor Relations

    Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company is seeking an innovative and knowledgeable individual to take over our human resources and labor relations department.  Our current department head is retiring and we are in need of a dynamic person to take on the department responsibilities and continue to move the organization forward. 

    Areas of responsibility include:

                Human Resources

    • Working effectively with employees, managers, and executives to address workplace challenges and create a positive and productive working environment.
    • Communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing, to establish positive employee relations.
    • Managing all aspects of the recruitment and selection process and ensuring compliance with applicable laws.
    • Preparing job descriptions, performing job analysis, job design, and researching market compensation information as needed.
    • Managing performance.
    • Providing leadership development and cultivating organizational culture.
    • Coordinating professional development opportunities including education support and other training programs.
    • Succession planning.
    • Ensuring employees receive excellent medical, dental, vision, and short-term disability benefits with excellent service at the best possible price.  Ensuring plan compliance with the Affordable Care Act and applicable regulations.
    • Responsibility for 401(k) plan management.  Coordinating employee financial education initiatives.  Ensuring the plan is in compliance with all ERISA and IRS regulations.
    • Conducting workplace investigations and writing reports.
    • Counseling and coaching managers and employees on a variety of matters.
    • Maintaining all personnel and medical records.
    • Overseeing Family Medical Leave Act requests, disability claims, and work-related injury claims.
    • Coordinating pandemic response efforts.
    • Working with physicians to ensure necessary treatment is provided for on-the-job injuries.

    Labor Relations

    • Serving as the overall responsibility for collective bargaining, mediation, negotiations, interpretation and administration of six (6) collective bargaining agreements.
    • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with management, labor representatives, and employees to resolve disputes in a fair, consistent, and cost-effective manner.
    • Preparing notices to labor unions for changes to collective bargaining agreements in accordance with the Railway Labor Act.
    • Serving as Wheeling & Lake Erie’s spokesperson in labor contract negotiation meetings with labor union representatives.
    • Developing relationships with labor union representatives and successfully negotiate labor agreements in situations that at times may be very stressful.
    • Collaborating with managers and department heads in the negotiation and writing of collective bargaining agreement language.
    • Responding to inquiries from employees and managers about interpretation of labor agreements.
    • Representing Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company in dealing with the National Mediation Board and National Railroad Adjustment Board.
    • Investigating facts related to claims, grievances, and discipline appeals.  Preparing thoroughly researched and well-written responses within the parameters detailed in the collective bargaining agreements. 
    • Researching prior arbitration case decisions and past practice, and writing detailed and well-reasoned case submissions.  Serving as the Company representative and deliver arguments and oral presentations during arbitration hearings. 


    • Five to ten years’ of professional experience in the human resources and labor relations field.  Railroad experience is preferred.
    • Bachelor’s degree required with a focus on human resources or business.  A master’s degree in a human resources-related field is a plus.
    • Demonstrated employee service, organization, leadership, planning, and conflict management.
    • Professional Human Resources Certification is preferred.

    What we offer:

    • W&LE provides a work environment that is casual and collaborative.  You will work with other decision makers every day.  The work you do will make a difference.
    • Wheeling & Lake Erie offers a competitive compensation package.
    • We provide a generous education support program.
    • We provide excellent, medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability benefits.
    • Railroad retirement and 401(k) match
    • Profit sharing
    • Paid vacation and personal leave

    Wheeling & Lake Erie provides freight transportation service for many companies in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. W&LE handles over 135,000 carloads per year. The company is private, 100% internally owned, and currently has over 430 employees. W&LE is the largest Ohio-based railroad and is among the largest regional railroads in the country. The company has over 120 customers and a continually growing customer base. W&LE interchanges in numerous locations with three major Class I Railroads (Canadian National, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern), as well as 14 regional and shortline railroads.

    To apply:

    Email your resume to Joe Burley, Vice President Human Resources, at  You can also find the position posted on