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Plant Management

San Francisco, California, United States
December 29, 2015

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*** ******* ***** 513-***-****

Wyoming, Ohio **215-2550

Thomas A. Barnes



Partnership with a Company’s Management/Ownership to achieve and maintain Business success via a workplace recognized for employee engagement and Teamwork

January 2013 to present Barnes H.R. Consulting

H.R. Consultant to Bilstein of America, Inc.

H.R. Consultant, ThyssenKrupp of America, Inc.

2006-2012 ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America, Inc. Hamilton, Ohio

Human Resources Manager, U.S.

Managed all aspects of H.R. for U.S. operations of 300+ employee, German owned multi-national company engaged in Automotive Industry as Tier I supplier manufacturing and distributing premium Shock Absorbers and Suspension Components.

Reported to President & CEO

5 Direct Reports

Managed $1M H.R. Budget

Managed U.S. H.R. for 4 locations: Hamilton, OH; Poway, CA; Mooresville, NC; Troy, MI

Responsible for all H.R. functions including: Employee Relations; Safety; Workers Compensation; Recruiting; Compensation and Benefit Administration; Communications and Public Relations; Training

Championed Company strategies to gain recognition as a Cincinnati Enquirer Top Work Place in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Championed Company strategies to gain recognition as one of Cincinnati Business Courier Best Places to Work in 2010, 2011, 2012

2002 – 2006 Consulting Projects Cincinnati, Ohio

H.R. Consultation to General Motors and other companies

Market Research Consultant, Director, Field Service

Thomas A. Barnes Resume Continued Page 2

General Motors Corporation 1969 – 2002

1998-2002 General Motors Saginaw, Michigan

Personnel Director

Managed Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant’s Personnel Department with responsibilities for: Labor Relations, Safety, Employment, Suggestion

Program, Communications, Security, Medical, Worker’s Compensation, Training, Wage and Salary Administration.

Chief Spokesperson for the Company in negotiation of Local Labor Agreements.

Led plant’s safety improvement efforts reducing O.S.H.A. Recordable Incident rate to < 3.0 and Lost Work Day Case Rate to zero.

Represented Plant on Saginaw, Michigan Community Relations Committee with responsibility for managing G.M.’s philanthropic gifts in the community.

Served as G.M.’s Public Relations spokesperson.

Chaired Plant United Way fundraising campaigns.

Managed long term undercover investigation into illegal drug distribution, resulting in 10 employee terminations and several felony convictions.

Managed outside investigation into fraudulent theft resulting in 2 felony convictions and one employee termination.

Coordinated investigation into sexual harassment allegations which resulted in the termination of one high level executive.

Facilitated Open Door process to discuss and resolve employee concerns and issues.

Championed Synchronous Office System for documenting work procedures and organizing equipment and information.

Championed Lean Manufacturing principles of WPO (Work Place Organization) and Visual Control.

Negotiated with U.A.W. to achieve first Local Agreement in General Motors in 1999. The Agreement, which reduced costs and enhanced operational effectiveness, was rated the best in the industry.

1989–1998 General Motors Moraine, Ohio

Personnel Director

Managed Moraine Engine Plant Personnel Department with responsibilities for: Labor Relations, Safety, Employment, Communications, Training, Suggestion Program, Wage and Salary Administration, Security, Medical, Worker’s Compensation.

Chief Spokesperson for the Company in negotiation of Local Labor Agreements.

Represented Plant Management and General Motors Corporation in negotiation of National Labor Contract with I.U.E. in 1990, 1993, 1996.

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Implemented Du Pont Safety systems to reduce Plant Recordable Injuries and Lost Work Day cases by 80% +.

Championed Lean Manufacturing and Synchronous Work Place


Taught classes Division-wide to H. R. Professionals on the Globalization and evolution of H. R. in today’s synchronous world.

Facilitated classes for H.R. Professionals to prepare for PHR, SPHR certifications.

Chaired Plant United Way fundraising campaigns.

Represented Plant on Dayton, Ohio Community Relations Committee authorized to manage G.M.’s philanthropic gifts in the community.

Public Relations spokesperson for the Plant.

Managed undercover investigation into illegal drug consumption and distribution, resulting in felony convictions.

Led negotiation of World Class Labor Agreement in 1997 which set the stage for the G.M./Isuzu Joint Venture to produce the Dura Max Diesel engine and preserve hundreds of U.S. jobs.

Negotiated Labor Agreement of Random Drug Testing among employees.

Negotiated Competitive Edge Labor Agreement providing for a 3-Tier wage structure, a Defined Contribution Pension Plan and reduced benefits costs.

1987–1989 General Motors Mansfield, Ohio

Manager – Labor Relations

Managed Labor Relations, Employment, Safety Departments.

Chief Spokesperson for the Company in negotiation of Local Labor contracts.

Led Plant’s Safety improvement/accident reduction efforts.

Coordinated communications groups for employees to interface with top Management.

Appointed Corporation’s first Management Joint Activities Representative to work with U.A.W. representatives in the development of employee involvement programs.

Negotiated 1987 Local Labor Agreement, improving operational effectiveness and reducing costs.

Developed Employee Awareness Program to educate employees on the history and operation of the Company and the Union.

Managed the investigation and prosecution of in Plant felony theft ring.

Led planning and implementation teams in restructuring Plant’s Personnel Department.

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1986–1987 General Motors Moraine, Ohio

Assistant Personnel Director

Managed Plant’s Personnel Department which was responsible for: Labor Relations, Safety, Training, Wage and Benefit Administration, Medical, Security, Communications, Worker’s Compensation, Suggestion Plan, Employment.

Led Plant Management Local Negotiations Team in negotiating innovative Labor contract with I.U.E.

Developed and negotiated resolutions for issues which would have resulted in a Labor Strike and shut down G.M.’s Saturn Corporation.

Developed and facilitated system for resolving employee and Union complaints without formal grievances.

Developed and facilitated programs to enhance the development and effectiveness of first line supervisors.

Developed programs to heighten employees’ Safety awareness.

1984–1986 General Motors Parma, Ohio

Supervisor Salaried Personnel

Supervised Administration of Salaried Policy and Benefits.

Administered Salary Merit Plan for annual Salary adjustments.

Facilitated two H.R.M. committees which presided over promotional and staffing decisions.

Administered Plant’s Performance Appraisal Programs for 700+ Salaried employees.

Maintained Progression and Succession Plans for all key positions.

Facilitated Open Door Policy to resolve employee issues and concerns.

Advised Management on Policy Administration, Salary Administration and Discipline issues.

1982–1984 General Motors Parma, Ohio

Supervisor HRM and EEO

Developed and maintained Affirmative Action Program.

Acted as Company representative in F.O.C.C. Compliance Reviews.

Represented Company by testifying in civil suits, N.L.R.B. hearings, etc.

Worked in conjunction with top Management to assure all Affirmative Action goals were met.

Proactively developed working relationships with Community Agencies and Leaders to develop candidate pools to facilitate fulfillment of E.E.O. and Affirmative Action goals.

1979–1982 General Motors Parma, Ohio

Supervisor – Labor Relations

Supervised Labor Relations Department for Transmission and Drive

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Shaft Plants.

Supervised Word Processing clerical pool.

Managed grievance reduction strategies to reduce grievances by 90%+.

Developed grievance avoidance strategies by working proactively with top Management and employees.

Negotiated Local Labor Agreements to improve Manufacturing Operations.

Developed compromise resolutions to issues which settled an 8-day strike by the U.A.W.

Facilitated Team Concept implementation to encourage employees to become more involved in their jobs and Quality responsible.

1977–1979 General Motors Flint, Michigan

Labor Relations Representative

Advised Management on Labor Contractual, Grievance and Disciplinary issues.

Investigated, negotiated and resolved employee and Union grievances.

Prepared Arbitration cases.

Negotiated Local Labor Agreements.

1976–1977 General Motors Flint, Michigan

Assistant Supervisor Employment

Managed hourly staffing requirements for two G.M. facilities.

Hired 3000+ employees in 2 years.

Developed relationships with Community Agencies and Leaders to identify candidates to facilitate fulfillment of A.A.P. Goals.

Managed Plant Attendance programs – resulting in attendance improvements 35%+.

1974–1976 General Motors Flint, Michigan

Production Supervisor

Supervised work groups of hourly employees engaged in manufacturing and assembly operations.

Developed job rotation system which encouraged employees to become more versatile and responsible for product quality.

Resolved employee complaints by working with employees as individuals and groups, along with Union Representatives.

1969–1974 General Motors Flint, Michigan

Cooperative Education Student

Worked in all Departments to learn operations at G.M.’s Chevrolet Flint Engine Plant.

Supervised work groups engaged in Manufacturing, Assembly, Quality

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Wrote Thesis which analyzed safety related data compiled from thousands of accidents and injuries through Plant’s 20 year history.


1978 Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Masters Degree, Masters of Science Personnel Management

1974 General Motors Institute Flint, Michigan

Bachelor’s Degree, Bachelor of Industrial Administration

1969 Norwalk High School Norwalk, Ohio

College Preparatory Program



P.I.G.S. (Personnel Invitational Golf Social) – Chairman & Secretary 1980-Present

P.I.G.S. International Golf Society 1994- Present

United States Styder Cup Team 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network – Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway 2010-2012

Southwest Ohio Manufacturers Consortium – Marketing Director & Board 2007-2010

United Way Campaign, Saginaw, Michigan – Volunteer Campaign Cabinet 1998-2002




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