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Employee Relations Manager

Yonkers, New York, United States
June 13, 2018

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Matthew Schlofner

Yonkers, NY ***** 201-***-****

Qualifications for Labor / Employee Relations

Labor / Employment Relations Employment Law Diversity / Inclusion

Collective Bargaining Negotiations Financial / Corporate Governance Research

Grievance Processes Strategic Analysis Investigation techniques and best practices NLRA NLRB FLSA Compliance

Dynamic Master of Labor Employee Relation (MLER) Graduate who offers solutions-centric decision-making to achieve insightful, change-oriented labor relations and complex contract negotiations results to align with a company’s vision, value, and goals. Creative Thinker who demonstrates knowledge of up-to-date employment law, labor market, collective bargaining, arbitration, and multi-industry business trends, and who contributes awareness of evolving cultural, economic, and social matters to attain leverage within a competitive market. Influential Strategist who develops alliances among unions, executives, cross-functional teams, stakeholders, and clients, and who leads peers by example and with ethics and integrity. Ambitious Self-Starter who is recognized as a “quick study” who rapidly picks up new concepts.

Professional Synopsis

Pirian Sivakumar, Watchung, NJ (2016 – Present)


Capitalized on the opportunity to lead forward-thinking research and consultative services for this major chain hotel, including comprehensively researched current State of Pennsylvania and Federal laws, as well as authoring memos on records / timekeeping to promote efficient payroll practices among management teams. Offered solutions-oriented advisement on complex negotiations, salaries, and benefits for employment as a concurrent property’s General Manager.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees – Local 1, New York, NY (2007 – Present)

Production Associate Union Representative

Spearheaded innovative stage management (i.e. audio, lighting) and / or general operations efforts for diverse high-profile theatres and wide-ranging productions. Concurrently led results-focused new union contract negotiations for Shubert Organization’s Stage 42 in collaboration with union business agents and Shubert Organization producers to win first-of-its-kind annuity payments for union show workers. Interfaced among co-workers to deliver resourceful advisement regarding benefits and labor law, including steps to bring grievances before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Production Resource Group, Mount Vernon, NY Secaucus, NJ (2003 – 2004 2006 – 2012)

Union Representative Client Liaison Project Manager Production Associate

Utilized a broad scope of entertainment industry knowledge toward serving as a proactive company steward for move from NYC Local to NJ Local union representation, including building and sustaining mutually beneficial relations among the new union local’s executive council. Ensured seamless transition of workers to the new union and assured benefits and union membership were handled accurately and expeditiously. Researched industry trends to reach union minimum for insurance under new contract negotiations and assisted with negotiation points on new contract negotiations.

Vee Corporation (1999 – 2000 2001 – 2003)

Production Associate

Played a vital role in driving fast-paced production initiatives per guidelines set by the Children’s Television Workshop (n/k/a Sesame Workshop). Concurrently handled complex union research responsibilities, including demonstrating solid communication and interpersonal relations skills toward advising key individuals negotiating new “pink” contracts.


Master of Labor & Employment Relations ( 3.9 GPA) Rutgers University

Bachelor of Science in Labor Relations (High Distinction Cum Laude 3.67 GPA) Rutgers University

Community Leadership & Affiliations

Member, Rutgers University Labor Employee Relations Association (RULERA) (Since 2014)

Volunteer, New Labor, New Brunswick, NJ (2015) March Participant, Workers’ Rights & Immigration Rights (2014 2015)

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