Stanley Schwartz Professional Profile
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Proven Human Resources and Labor Relations Senior Leader with a 25+ year history of delivering customer focused, profit oriented solutions, utilizing managerial and technical expertise within domestic and international union and nonunion environments. Broad strategic and hands-on exposure to the retail, media, manufacturing, supply/distribution and food service sectors as well as the private practice of law. Expert in Collective Bargaining, Union Prevention, Compensation and Benefit Plan Design, Process Re-engineering, Training, Turnaround Restructuring and Pension/Health Fund Administration.
Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. /A Division of Kroger, Inc., Vice President, Labor Relations
Royal Ahold, N.V. /U.S. Foodservice, Regional Director, Employee Relations
Safeway, Inc. /Dominick’s Finer Foods, Director, Labor Relations
Fairmont Tamper/HARSCO, Vice President Human Resources and Administration
Bradlees, Inc., Vice President, Human Resources
Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, Law Firm Partner
The Baltimore Sun/Times-Mirror Inc., Vice President, Human Resources
The New York Times, Group Director, Human Resources
SONY Corporation, Human Resources Counsel
Key Career Accomplishments
Led and reshaped human resource departments at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Bradlees, Inc. and Fairmont Tamper to be leaner, more customer focused and better aligned with the goals of the operation of these businesses. Increased value to employees without increasing Company costs by health plan redesign, establishing a company store/catalogue operation; in-house medical services (health screenings, Driver Department of Transportation exams, respiratory, hearing and blood pressure testing/monitoring), CPR training; employee discounts with local merchants; improved cafeteria services; refocused service awards and incentive programs. Effectively recruited senior executives, professionals, exempt and nonexempt staff across several industries, job codes and locations.
Led corporate labor relations departments, having negotiated as chief spokesperson more than 400 Collective Bargaining Agreements at multi-site and multi-state locations, covering skilled trades, retail, manufacturing, health care and organized professional workers across the United States: achieving productivity improvements, modest economic settlements, Health Plan redesign, Union Pension Plan redesign/withdrawal and innovative compensation programs within retail (skill based pay), distribution/transportation, newspaper and manufacturing environments.
Designed and implemented Corporate Union Prevention Programs, which have integrated the use of management training, communications, monitoring and in-house and outside counsel to maintain positive employee environments. No successful organization efforts were achieved by any union at any company/location where I have worked once this program was implemented.
Directed employee related legal matters, drafted documents and supervised outside legal counsel at each of the above mentioned companies and litigated where needed, reducing labor and employment legal expense for arbitrations, NLRB (Unfair Labor Practices, Decertifications and Representation Petitions), EEO, FMLA and OSHA matters up to 90%. Have provided legal and due diligence counsel to senior management regarding 2 acquisitions, 1 divestiture and 7division realignments/consolidations/closing agreements, advised/drafted settlement/separation agreements and provided counsel on some immigration matters.
Streamlined operations within retail, distribution, newspaper and manufacturing operations listed above through collective bargaining, staff reductions, severance/buyout programs, process re-engineering, the implementation of performance standards, accident review boards and relate training.
Produced in-house newspapers, newsletters and video for more effective communications with employees at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Bradlees and Fairmont Tamper. Designed curriculum as part of a cooperative effort between the University of Maryland and the Baltimore Sun as a member of the University’s Advisory Board.
Trustee on $1 Billion Dollar Taft-Hartley Pension Fund.
Designed training programs and provided instruction for management and line supervision regarding labor relations, union prevention, safety (OSHA, Right- to- Know, Accident Prevention) and employee conflict resolution strategies.
JD, Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY
BA, History/Secondary Education, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
Certifications and Affiliations
Member of New York Bar
Member of New Jersey Bar
Teacher, New York City and New York State
Zenger-Miller Management Trainer