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Vice President, Labor Relations

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 764835BR Location Burbank, California, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Aug. 20, 2020

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) is seeking an experienced labor relations executive to join its Labor Relations Department in Burbank and Los Angeles, CA. Primary responsibilities will include negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements covering television or new media production in the United States and Canada, providing advice to production and distribution units, which include Fox, ABC and Disney companies, representing the company in meetings at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, on industry boards and trust funds, supervising other Labor Relations staff, and handling of grievances, arbitrations and administrative agency matters. This position requires a passion for labor relations work, a high degree of collegiality and strong interpersonal skills, an ability to develop constructive relationships with colleagues at other studios and networks and with representatives of guilds and unions, while pursuing the company’s objectives. This position requires daily interaction with production, business affairs, finance, legal, HR and other company executives as well as union and guild executives and business agents.


  • Prepare for, plan, negotiate and implement collective bargaining agreement terms, policies, agreements, and procedures
  • Advise production, finance, business and legal affairs and company executives on the application of collective bargain agreements, devising and recommending problem solving solutions
  • Represent the company in multi-employer negotiations
  • Advise management on union population employee, employee relations, and performance related issues, problems, discipline, etc.
  • Guide management and HR on disciplinary and/or employee grievance issues within the union population
  • Participation in mediations, arbitrations and related meetings on behalf of company
  • Serve as a liaison and point of contact with unions
  • Ensures the company is complying with union and guild agreements
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with union representatives while advocating for the company
  • Supervise other Labor Relations staff
  • Remain current on labor and employment law developments and television industry trends

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in labor law / labor relations
  • Ability to work in a multi-tasking, fast paced environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience in labor law / labor relations
  • Entertainment industry experience strongly preferred
  • Licensed Attorney in State of CA or Registered in-House Counsel

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Preferred Education

JD from an accredited law school

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ABC, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

ABC, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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