Labor & Employee Relations

The Director of Labor and Employee Relations provides guidance to those staff and supervisors of employees within union and non-union positions.

Labor Relations

In addition to Employee Relations, the Director of Labor and Employee Relations oversees all matters related to labor relations at Brown University. The Director of Labor and Employee 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.

The United Service and Allied Workers – RI (USAW) represents the custodial and trades bargaining unit which consists of approximately 294 full-time custodians, trades, and grounds workers. USAW also represents approximately 65 full and part-time clerical and technical staff employed at the University’s libraries. Finally, USAW represents approximately 191 employees, including food service workers, helpers, cooks, bakers and lead persons assigned to the University's various dining facilities. The Brown University Security Patrolperson’s Association represents approximately 67 public safety employees including campus police officers, security officers, and building guards.

The Director of Labor and Employee 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.

Employee Relations

The Employee Relations Team includes Human Resources Generalists as well as the 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. Please contact your Human Resources Generalist or the Director of Labor and Employee Relations for more information.

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