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Manager Project

Detroit, Michigan, United States
January 14, 2018

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Natasha A. Sikora

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Professional Experience

Special counsel/Omnivere/XactDataDiscovery, MI 06/2017 – 12/2017

Document Review/Contract Attorney

Review documents for responsiveness and privilege using Relativity; quality control review; lease contracts

Caregiver 02/2016 – 05/2017

Caregiver for two (2) family members with serious illnesses.

Envision Healthcare, Dearborn, MI 10/2015-02/2016 Labor Relations Negotiator

Lead negotiator for local contracts between American Medical Response (subsidiary of Envision) and the Washington State Nurses Association and SEIU.

Redline contracts prior to negotiations, draft contractual language and set up language and wage scale strategies in order to meet allotted budgets; perform all pre-negotiation tasks.

Advise all levels of management in the application, interpretation and/or implementation of labor contract provisions.

Amtrak, Washington, DC 07/2012-10/2015

Senior Manager, Labor Relations

Lead negotiator for six (6) national labor agreements covering approximately 6000 unionized employees.

Advise all levels of management in the application, interpretation and/or implementation of labor contract provisions. Foster communication between Labor Relations, internal clients and supporting departments to establish system-wide adherence to all contracts. Provide structured training as required.

Work with other departments to address the nexus between labor agreements and the ADA, FMLA, Title VII and other applicable laws to maintain compliance with the labor contracts.

Interface with senior management over policy and strategic issues involving labor.

Effectively manage staff to conference and respond to all final level appeals of claims and grievances, including arbitration and any other labor relations tasks.

Advocate orally and in writing on behalf of Amtrak on varying issues related to the collective agreements.

Work with management in preventing/resolving/understanding employee relations issues such as discipline, attendance, management policies, interpersonal relationships, etc.

Labor Relations Officer 09/2008-06/2012

Provided contract interpretation for several of Amtrak’s collectively bargained agreements to internal clientele and supporting departments.

Held final appeal conferences and drafted the appellate decision letters based upon the record, Amtrak’s historical data; arbitral or on the property precedent and if appropriate legal precedent.

Researched, wrote briefs and argued on behalf of the Carrier at arbitration.

Sat second chair during negotiations for two (2) national labor agreements.

Strategic Management Solutions, Inc, Washington, DC 05/2008 – 08/2008

Legal Advisor/Senior Management Consultant

Provided business/management/legal support to the Department of Energy’s Office (DOE) of Civilian Radioactive Waste Safeguard and Security Program in relation to Yucca Mountain.

In accordance with the DOE’s requirements; interviewed, researched, and compiled all required information, and co-wrote the Disposal Operations Office FY09 Business Plan.

Project Manager for the Disposal Operations Office Five Year Safeguard and Security Plan as required under the Code of Federal Regulations for a Nuclear Repository.

Provided legal guidance/interpretation to the office staff in order to facilitate accurate task completion.

United States District Court, Eastern District of MI 05/2006 – 08/2006

Hon. Marianne O. Battani

Michigan Court of Appeals 01/2006 – 04/2006

Hon. Helene N. White (Now of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals)

Judicial Intern

Reviewed either parties’ pre-hearing briefs, or the lower court record; conducted research ensuring all legal issues were addressed; analyzed all material and prepared bench memorandum for the presiding judge.

Presented written arguments for discussion prior to oral arguments.

Researched and wrote briefs based on specific legal issues.

Wrote the draft judicial opinion of a case.

Omstead Foods Ltd/Heinz Canada, Wheatley, ON CANADA 12/2001 – 11/2003

Human Resources Administrator/Coordinator; Interim HR Manager

Developed and implemented personnel policies complying with applicable Canadian employment law.

Administered two (UFCW and Teamsters) collectively bargained agreements to include: investigating, responding to and resolving grievances. Researched and prepared benchmarking information for contract negotiations.

Assisted with talent acquisition for hourly and salaried staff.

Administered employee benefits, including: health, disability and pension plans for 450 hourly and salaried employees.


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, MI 2007

Juris Doctor

40 hour Michigan Supreme Court Mediation Training; Law Review, Member and Associate Editor; Book Awards in Private Sector Labor Law and Employment Discrimination; and UDM Chapter of Animal Legal Defense Fund; Founder and President.

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2000-Not Completed

MBA, Human Resources/Industrial Relations

Coursework taken: Labor Relations, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, Managing Organizational Behavior, and Production/Operations Management.

Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON 1997

Honors Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Statistics Tutor: comprehensive knowledge of statistical analysis.

Law Licenses

Virginia State Bar – License Number: 75427

District of Columbia Bar – License Number: 989613

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