Labor Relations Specialist

Recruitment #230913-5256MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Labor Relations Specialist within the Office of Labor Relations (OLR).

This is a full time (40 hours per week) position conveniently located in Hartford, CT.  This recruitment may be considered for future Labor Relations Specialist opportunities within OPM. 

  • LOCATION: OPM, Office of Labor Relations
  • ADDRESS: 450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • WORK HOURS: Full-time, first shift, 40 hours per week
  • SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday
  • Independently perform a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Provide counsel to agencies on labor relations matters and interpretations of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) for the majority of executive branch agencies in the State of Connecticut. 
  • Work as lead or second negotiator on a CBA. 
In this position you will be accountable for independently performing a full range of labor relations activities related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to create and maintain ongoing relationships with various stakeholders and parties, including commissioners, union representatives and agency employees, will have a willingness to present oral arguments in person, will have a desire to work in a team environment with flexible assignments and evolving priorities, and will be able to make independent decisions and defend complex factual and legal matters in legal proceedings. 

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Please Note:  In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

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  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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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 related to the administration of collective bargaining agreements.


In this position the incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Hear grievance appeals at the OLR level;
  • Represent the State in arbitrations and administrative hearings;
  • Provide counsel to agencies on labor relations matters and interpretations of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA);
  • Work as lead or second negotiator on a CBA;
  • Handle a large caseload bringing numerous issues to resolution under specific time frames dictated by statute, regulation or CBA; and 
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines;
    • collective bargaining and labor relations;
    • rules of evidence;
    • rules of practice and procedures before administrative bodies;
  • Knowledge of
    • human resources administration and affirmative action;
    • public sector job classification, compensation and benefits;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • negotiating skill;
    • skill in writing technical contract provisions;
  • Considerable ability to
    • interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations;
    • apply judicial and administrative decisions to provisions of labor agreements;
    • prepare and present cases at arbitration or other administrative hearings.


Nine (9) years of professional experience with primary responsibility for labor relations, labor contract negotiations and/or presentation of arbitration or prohibited practice complaints.


  • 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 one (1) year of experience at the level of a Labor Relations Associate may be substituted for the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will have the following:
  • An active State of Connecticut law license or Juris Doctorate degree;
  • Experience presenting oral arguments in formal legal proceedings before independent fact-finders such as arbitrators, administrative bodies and in mediations; and
  • Experience drafting legal briefs or other advocacy writings.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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.