Employee & Labor Relations

The Senior Director of Employee & Labor Relations and University Human Resources staff provide guidance to those staff and supervisors of employees in union and non-union positions.

Labor Relations

The Senior Director of Employee & Labor Relations is primarily responsible for negotiating and administering the University’s four collective bargaining agreements. Brown currently works with 2 unions representing 4 bargaining units on campus.

United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island  Facilities Management Custodial, Trades & Grounds Workers 269
United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island  University Library Clerical & Technical Staff 56
United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island  Dining Services Food Service Workers, Helpers, Cooks, Bakers & Leads 194
Brown University Security Patrolperson's Association Public Safety Campus Police Officers, Security Officers, Building Guards 65

The Senior Director of Employee & Labor Relations also provides unionized departments with day-to-day counseling on labor relations matters, sets labor relations policy, and provides training to managers and supervisors who work with union employees.

Brown's Collective Bargaining Agreements

Additional Resources

Employee and Labor Relations Consultant Directory

Inside Higher Education Grinnell Student Union and Expansion Effort

The Chronicle of Higher Education

For New Hires

Union Officials

Employee Relations

The Employee Relations Team includes University Human Resources personnel as well as the Senior Director of Labor and Employee Relations who work with departments, managers, and individuals to remove barriers to effective job performance. The team provides assistance to employees with problem-solving and mediation support and does not attempt to act as advocates for either employees or managers involved. Conversations are kept confidential unless disclosure is agreed upon in advance, or if the disclosure involves a very serious situation which requires immediate action.

The Employee Relations Team is available to assist staff in dealing with a broad range of issues, ranging from communication to work expectations, and can assist in analyzing work/life concerns involving relationships with staff and supervisors.