In the Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities.
Works under the general supervision of a Principal Labor Relations Specialist.
May lead/supervise lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Acts as a negotiator;
Coordinates labor relations contract proposals;
Assists in recommending economic guidelines for settlement;
Conducts research into current labor relations issues;
Prepares information and testimony concerning negotiated contracts or other labor relations matters;
Advises agency officials in matters of contract interpretation or employee discipline;
Conducts grievance conferences with agency and union officials and responds on behalf of state employer;
Facilitates dispute resolution through mediation;
Prepares and presents state's case at grievance arbitrations and hearings before State Board of Labor Relations and other administrative bodies;
Assists in preparing and presenting interest arbitration cases;
Assists in coordinating labor relations activities of state agencies to assure consistency of policies and procedures and uniform interpretation and administration of agreements;
Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
May consult with and assist Office of the Attorney General in preparation of court action;
May serve as a witness;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines;
collective bargaining and labor relations;
rules of evidence and hearings procedures before administrative bodies;
employee classification and compensation;
principles and practices of employee compensation and benefits;
oral and written communication skills;
skill in writing technical contract provisions;
interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations;
prepare for and present cases at arbitration or other administrative hearings;
Some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience with some responsibility for labor relations, labor contract negotiation, administration of progressive discipline or handling of grievances.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A law degree or a Master's degree in labor relations may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.
For state employees two (2) years of experience at the level of a Human Resources Specialist with some responsibility for labor relations may be substituted for the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Labor Relations Associate in Salary Group MP 62 approved effective May 8, 2019. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 22-007