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Human Resources Manager

Madison, Mississippi, 39110, United States
March 09, 2010

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Ken Demarko

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Madison, MS 39110 Work 601-***-****


L-3 Vertex - (Madison, MS)

Sr. Director, Labor Relations


L-3 is the sixth largest defense contractor in the United States with

65,000 employees. Vertex is L-3's Government Services Division with 12,000

employees in 312 locations worldwide. Report to the Vice President of HR.

One of 11 staff members. Supervise a staff of 5 labor relations

professionals including an attorney and admin staff. Total labor relations

responsibility for 43 labor agreements in the US, and Puerto Rico.

Developed overall labor relations philosophy and strategy. In two years

completely turned around the labor relations atmosphere at Ft Rucker from

one of confrontation to one of cooperation. Went from 100 cases pending

arbitration and 3rd step grievance meetings held weekly to zero pending

arbitration cases and no outstanding grievances. .Experience with IBEW,


. Won 14 consecutive arbitration cases thus deterring future

arbitrations for nearly 3 years

. Devised new progressive discipline policy where disciplinary time off

was waived. The employee would suffer no monetary harm, yet still have

a suspension on their record. This policy reduced overall grievance

activity by 60%.

. Negotiated 87 CBAs without a work stoppage, or slow down.

ITT Rayonier- (Jacksonville, FL)

Director Labor Relations and Counsel 1998 to


Recruited back to ITT/Rayonier, a $1.2B spin-off of ITT. Reported to the

Senior Vice President of Administration. One of 5 staff members. Supervised

1 admin and 6 field HR managers. Responsible for corporate labor relations

and employment law issues including contract negotiations with 6 local

unions, arbitration, and union avoidance. Supervised and coordinated

outside legal counsel activities. Provided HR and Administration support in

the US and New Zealand for executive recruiting, salary administration,

bonus plans, organization development, strategic planning, management

continuity, change management, as well as quality recognition programs,

management and supervisory training, and special projects.

. Negotiated 4, 6-year contract extensions with the IAM, IBEW, PACE,

and UPIU with an average cost of only 2.7% per year.

. Successfully defeated union organizing campaign of a start up

manufacturing facility 8 miles from Rayonier's largest organized


. Performed HR and Safety due diligence on possible acquisitions.

. Completely re-staffed the world's finest specialty pulp research


. Developed strategy and implemented an all salaried, non-union work

force at a new, state of the art, $35MM manufacturing facility.

. Completely revised and updated benefits program at four saw mills

resulting in lower cost, improved morale and reduced turnover.

ITT DEFENSE (Colorado Springs, CO) 1984 to


Director, Human Resources

. Reported to the Vice President/Director of Administration of this

5,400 employee worldwide service organization consisting of 4

separate ITT Corporations within the ITT Defense Group. Supervised

a staff of 18 with an annual budget of $2,7MM. Chief spokesman and

generalist, responsible for the overall Human Resources function in

North America and Europe, including recruiting, affirmative action,

safety, security (both physical and industrial), salary

administration, benefits, employee communications, and labor

relations. Substantial experience in working under the Canadian

Labour Code

. Chief spokesman for 29 negotiations in the United States and


. Corporate counsel for all labor relations, NLRB and EEO issues.

. Handled all arbitration and contract negotiations.

. Successfully challenged the authority of the EEOC and Title VII

with respect to overseas operations.

ROCKWELL SOFTWARE (Cleveland, OH) 1996 to 1998

Director, Human Resources

Rockwell Software with sales of $120MM, was a start up venture in 1994, 80%

owned by Rockwell Int'l. Consisted of 2 locations, with the headquarters

originally in Cleveland. On October 1, 1997 Rockwell purchased the

remaining 20% minority interest and the headquarters was moved to

Wisconsin. Reported to the CEO. One of 12 Senior Staff members and

supervised a staff of 5. Responsible for the entire Human Resource function

in Wisconsin and Ohio including benefits, facilities, staffing, affirmative

action, labor and employment law, organizational development, safety,

change management, compensation, (including gain sharing and senior

management bonus plans). Presented quarterly reports to the Board of


. Instituted new sales compensation plan resulting in sales increase

of 26.7% /$24MM first year.

. Revised existing 401 K plan to include 5 new aggressive mutual

funds for investment increasing overall participation and morale.

. Settled all outstanding EEO suits within first 90 days saving

significant litigation expenses and settlement fees.

PICKER INTERNATIONAL (Cleveland, OH) 1990 to 1996

Manager, Human Resources - Service Division

Left ITT/Defense in 1990 to relocate to Ohio to take care of ailing

parents. Picker International was a $1B manufacturer of diagnostic imaging

equipment, such as MRIs and CAT Scans with over 5,000 employees worldwide.

Picker was later sold to Phillips Medical Inc in 1996. Reported to the Vice

President/General Manager of this 1,500 employee service division. HR

generalist, responsible for 16 locations throughout the US. Duties

included; labor relations for both headquarters and field locations

throughout the United States, staffing, EEO, management development,

strategic planning, compensation, benefits. Handled all employment law

issues including wrongful discharge, wage and hour, EEO, etc.

. Successfully negotiated a 4 year IBEW Union contract in New York

with total wage and benefit concessions of $2.3MM

. Successfully reorganized field organization from 16 Districts to 8

Zones resulting in savings of over $2,2MM the first year.

. Performed HR and Safety due diligence for the successful

acquisition of a major independent service organization and a

medical equipment manufacturer.

REYNOLDS ALUMINUM (Bauxite, AR) 1976 to 1984

Industrial Relations Manager

4000 employee manufacturing, mining, and R&D facility

Set World safety record of 4.28MM hours without a lost time accident

Combined 134 job classifications into 5

Staffed start-up plant in Australia

Chief spokesman vs.3 USWA Unions (plant closed and dismantled 11/1984)

EDUCATION JD Active Member Arkansas and Ohio Bar

University of Arkansas

MBA Industrial and Labor Relations

Virginia Tech

BS Labor Economics

University of Akron

ADJUNCT Wharton School of Business in conjunction with Cleveland


Professor University. Taught business law and HR management for Wharton's

Certified Employee benefits specialist program.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Taught HR management in

evening graduate school.

PERSONAL Married, two children. Enjoy running, remodeling, fixing

older cars, and golf. Vice Chairman, St. Francis Xavier

School Board.

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