Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Labor Relations Associate

Recruitment #190131-0190MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management (OPM) seeks to fill a Labor Relations Associate vacancy in the Office of Labor Relations (OLR).  OLR serves as the Governor’s designated representative, through the Secretary of OPM, on collective bargaining matters for the majority of executive branch State employees.  Working in OLR will provide an opportunity to assist in union contract negotiations, contract grievances, arbitrations hearings, and other labor and employment issues.  As a Labor Relations Associate you will represent the State on many exciting employment matters having a statewide impact.   If you are new to state service you start at the minimum salary. The salary is not negotiable.

Please ensure that your application is complete and have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Carolyn Kozak at, (860) 418-6324.


In the Office of Policy and Management, Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities.


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; 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.


Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines; considerable knowledge of collective bargaining and labor relations; knowledge of rules of evidence and hearings procedures before administrative bodies; knowledge of employee classification and compensation; knowledge of personnel administration; knowledge of principles and practices of employee compensation and benefits; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; negotiating skills; skill in writing technical contract provisions; ability to interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations; ability to prepare for and present cases at arbitration or other administrative hearings; investigative ability; some supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of professional experience with some responsibility for labor relations, labor contract negotiation, administration of progressive discipline or handling of grievances.


  1. 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.
  2. A law degree or a Master's degree in labor relations may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.
  3. Two (2) years at the level of Labor Relations Assistant may be substituted for the General Experience.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. If you are requesting special accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Carolyn Kozak at 860-418-6324 or

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.