The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) Office of Labor Relations (OLR) seeks to hire an Agency Labor Relations Specialist. 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.
In this position you will provide consultative services to agencies and commissioners on a variety of issues that impact the mission of each organization. You will be expected to play an integral role in managing the relationships between the State Employee Bargaining Units and the Agencies to ensure the delivery of services to Connecticut residents. Working in OLR will provide an opportunity to assist in labor relations matters such as union contract negotiations, contract grievances, arbitrations, hearings, and other labor and employment issues. This position is accountable for independently performing labor relations activities to an assigned agency(ies).
This is a full time (40 hours per week) position conveniently located in the Greater Hartford area. This recruitment may be considered for future Agency Labor Relations Specialist opportunities within the Office of Policy and Management, for locations in the Greater Hartford and surrounding areas.
We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Office of Policy and
Management, Office of Labor Relations this class is accountable for
independently performing labor relations activities.
a state agency this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor or
for independently performing labor relations activities that involve collective
bargaining agreements not under the jurisdiction of the Office of Labor
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts a variety of investigations
and determines appropriate action;
interprets collective bargaining agreements;
discipline and conducts grievance hearings;
administrators, managers and supervisors on collective bargaining agreements
and other employee relations issues;
workplace situations and issues and leverage solutions;
Prepares and maintains
Serves as a member of
labor contract negotiating teams; as assigned;
situations and recommends appropriate action in conjunction with appointing
May administer agency
employee assistance program and recommend counseling to employees;
Participates in the
recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties
OF LABOR RELATIONS:
Acts as a negotiator;
relations contract proposals;
Conducts research into
current labor relations issues and assists in recommending economic guidelines
Prepares information and
testimony concerning negotiated contracts or other labor relations matters;
conferences with agency and union officials and responds on behalf of state
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;
Leads the recruitment
and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
May advise agency
officials in matters of contract interpretation or employee discipline;
May consult with and
assist Office of the Attorney General in preparation of court action;
May serve as a witness;
Performs related duties as
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
and ability to apply
management principles and practices within a matrixed organization;
relevant state and
federal laws, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures;
labor relations, collective bargaining and human
employee classification and compensation;
oral and written communications skills;
conflict resolution skills;
in writing technical contract provisions;
effectively conduct investigations;
analyze and interpret collective bargaining
agreements, laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
effectively serve as an
strategically plan and apply innovative solutions to
prepare for and present cases at arbitration or other
some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience in labor relations or human
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must
have been in the administration of investigations, progressive discipline or
handling of grievances and arbitrations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training may be
substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester
hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years
for a Bachelor's degree.
Master's degree in human resources management, labor relations, business
administration, public administration or a closely related field may be
substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
A law degree may be
substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.
in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle
in this class may be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
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