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ABOLISHED 10/23/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-07 - Labor Relations Negotiator, Department of Personnel Administration, CEA (7566)

ABOLISHED 10/23/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-07 - Labor Relations Negotiator, Department of Personnel Administration, CEA

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: WR90
  • Class Code: 7566
  • Established: 06/04/1991
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under the general direction of the Director, Department of Personnel Administration, or the Chief of Labor Relations, represents the Governor as employer in negotiations with exclusive representatives of assigned employee bargaining units and administers negotiated memoranda of understanding.

Typical Tasks

Represents State management in negotiations with employee organizations; coordinates and personally develops and prepares the State's bargaining position for contract negotiations, including securing input from department management personnel; participates in the selection of the State's bargaining teams; ensures that affected departments are involved and informed about the status of the bargaining process; represents the State in the administration of collective bargaining agreements, including hearing, deciding upon, and responding to grievances appealed to the Director, Department of Personnel Administration; responsible for the investigation and resolution of the more difficult informal and formal unfair labor practice charges filed by employee organizations against the State; provides ongoing liaison to State departments on all matters concerning State labor-management relations; and ensures that the State and departmental policies governing union access and other organizing activities are in compliance with the Ralph C. Dills Act.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience beyond that required to meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) and


Experience: Two years of experience in the California state service performing labor relations duties at a level of responsibility at least equivalent to that of Labor Relations Manager I or Personnel Program Advisor. Experience must have included all of the following:


1. Resolution of grievances arising under labor agreements;


2. Negotiation or preparation of labor agreements;


3. Conciliation, mediation, or arbitration of labor disputes;


4. Consultation, meet and confer, and resolution of conflict in public sector employer/employee relations;


5. Administration or investigation and settlement of violation complaints in regard to State or Federal labor management relations laws.


(Either 18 quarter units from an accredited college level labor relations curriculum or 30 semester units of graduate work in business or public administration, industrial relations, law, political science or a closely related field or equivalent units from an institution approved by the California Education Code Section 94310.2 may be substituted for one year of required experience.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State civil service laws and rules and the Ralph C. Dills Act governing employer/employee relations; principals, scope and process of collective bargaining in the public sector; State and Federal labor laws applicable to the public sector; standard negotiating strategies, tactics, and impasse procedures; grievance and arbitration procedures; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Interact with high-level management; negotiate with management and union representatives to reach agreements; interpret and apply labor law and labor agreement provisions; communicate effectively; address large groups clearly and concisely; work cooperatively and maintain control when meeting with organizations, sometimes under severe emotional pressure and after long hours of negotiations.

  Updated: 10/11/2017
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