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BARBARA J.

EXLINE
6268 Crowne Falls Parkway - Birmingham, AL 35244
Home - 205-821-1524; Office - 205-254-7678; Office Cell - 205-807-5039
Email - be62d858@westpost.net
An accomplished, results oriented director level HR professional with national a
nd international experience and record of assuming increased leadership responsi
bilities. Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, change management, team b
uilding, employee/labor relations, developing people, cost control and organizat
ional effectiveness. Actively involved in Lean/Kaizen and VPP. An individual p
ossessing a positive outlook with a good sense of humor, high values, strong wor
k ethic and unyielding integrity.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
US PIPE - BESSEMER, AL 2008-Present
HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR
Manage entire HR function for ductile pipe manufacturing plant with 375 employee
s, including 310 hourly employees represented by 4 unions, Steelworkers, Machini
sts, Electrical and Boilermakers. Direct all HR activities including employee/la
bor relations, union contract administration, change management, job description
s, training and development, drug testing, hourly attendance program and FMLA co
mpliance, staffing and recruitment, performance management, salary administratio
n and legal issues and compliance.
*Changed hourly hiring process resulting in higher quality employees with increa
sed performance levels and less absenteeism.
*Leading VPP steering team to achieve VPP Star Status; member of Safety Committe
e
*Involved in Lean/Kaizen events resulting in continuous improvement of productio
n/maintenance processes
*Conduct monthly training for managers and supervisors resulting in knowledge of
federal/state employment/labor law, company policies and procedures, consistent
discipline and practices throughout plant, grievance status and discussion of i
ssues in plant resulting in improved communication.
*Cost cutting achieved through job combinations, headcount reduction and impleme
nting controls on absenteeism program resulting in savings of $800,000.
*Process all grievances, conduct grievance meetings, administer 4 union contract
s and enforce discipline policy
*Playing key role in upcoming negotiations with all 4 unions. Proposing major h
ourly job combinations, benefit changes and other changes to current contracts t
o reduce costs and improve flexibility.

SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION, INC. - CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER - BUCKS, AL 1998-2008


SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCE GROUP LEADER
Responsible for leading, planning, organizing, executing, and controlling the Hu
man Resource function for the Syngenta Cold Creek site and the Process Technical
Development Department, an agricultural chemical manufacturer with 425 employee
s, including 350 unionized hourly employees represented by the Steelworkers unio
n. Assist in development of site strategy and advise management on business and
personnel issues that will be impacted from a HR standpoint.
*Lead organization design initiatives to continuously improve organization effec
tiveness and achieve business objectives resulting in positive culture change fo
r the plant.
*Negotiate and administer collective bargaining agreement, conduct grievance mee
tings, enforce the discipline policy, and adjudicate terminations. Instrumental
in moving hourly from separate benefit plans to corporate plan resulting in sig
nificant cost savings.
*Lead community involvement for site; coordinate with our partner school to prov
ide resources and financial assistance for various programs.
*Prepare and implement EEO/AAP and safety program, reports and plans. Assure th
e site remains in compliance with federal, state and local regulations and all C
orporate policies and procedures
*Administer various benefit plans and salary administration; responsible for rec
ruiting and hiring both hourly and salaried personnel. Lead career development
of our employees.
* Manage the medical function including handling positive drug tests results and
attendance issues resulting from abuse of medical leave program.

SOLUTIA INC. (FORMERLY MONSANTO) - TRENTON, MI 1995-1998


HUMAN RESOURCE & LABOR/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANAGER
Served as HR Generalist and Manager of Labor/Employee relations for food phospha
tes and Saflex chemical manufacturer with 500 employees of which 425 were unioni
zed hourly represented by OCAW and the Teamsters unions.
*Responsible for daily contract administration for two unions; manage all grieva
nce/discipline hearings and arbitration preparation; administer attendance progr
am for union employees. Represent Solutia as participant on the Southeastern Mi
chigan Industrial Arbitration Board.
*Secure the viability of the site through the recruiting, training, development
and advancement of qualified site employees. Develop a pool of qualified applic
ants for hourly employment. Provide support of the diversity efforts in recruit
ing, retention and development of a diverse work force.
*Promote management/union team-based culture through work teams as well as safet
y, gainsharing and continuous improvement teams. Co-championed with the busines
ses and unions successful incorporation of a Proactive Safety Process including
VPP certification
*Accountable for Affirmative Action Plan tracking and compliance at the plant le
vel
*Responsible for contract proposal preparation for two unions; member of negotia
tion teams
MCLOUTH STEEL - TRENTON, MI 1992-1995
LABOR RELATIONS MANAGER
Labor Relations Manager for steel manufacturing company with 1,200 employees. 1
,100 of those were represented by the Steelworkers union.
*Responsible for daily contract administration for two unionized groups, product
ion/maintenance and office/clerical, with 1,100 members; handled all second step
grievances and predischarge hearings
*Participated in contract negotiations with United Steelworkers representing pro
duction and office/technical employees.
*Administered union absentee and overtime violation programs
*Implemented and facilitated supervisory training programs which resulted in mor
e consistent application of the union contacts
*Mediated contracting out issues
SAMPOERNA - SURABAYA, INDONESIA 1989-1992
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGER
Served as HR Project Manager for cigarette manufacturer with 18,000 employees.
Developed, organized and implemented innovative Human Resource Development progr
am as part of comprehensive marketing project
*Identified and trained over 200 unskilled factory employees to work as highly e
ffective promotional tool
*Developed and implemented personnel procedures including pay scales, evaluation
methods, job descriptions, career development program and staff performance rat
ings
*Administered operating budget; maintained facilities, equipment, materials, and
supplies
*Managed logistics for all promotional tours, including two trips to the USA for
the Tournament of Roses parade; preparation included cross-cultural training
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
1974 - 1989 - Worked in the field of education as high school band director; lef
t education to pursue career in Human Resources in the business sector
EDUCATION
Georgia State University; Atlanta, Georgia; 1989
Master of Science, Human Resources
The University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; 1974
Master of Music
Ball State University; Muncie, Indiana; 1973
Bachelor of Science
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional Human Resources Certification
Lean/Kaizen Training
10 hour OSHA Training