Labor & Employee Relations

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

Labor Relations

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.

UNION DEPARTMENT BARGAINING UNIT  #STAFF
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 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.

Brown's Collective Bargaining Agreements

Graduate Student Unionization

Additional Resources

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 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. See the below contacts for more information.

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CONTACT

Maria Chester, Human Resources Consultant 863-2938
Michael Elias, Human Resources Consultant 863-1796
VACANT, Director of Labor and Employee Relations amanda_bailey@brown.edu
Elizabeth Scotto, Human Resources Consultant 863-1785

For more information on employee relations, see the Employee Relations (20.073) policy and the General Conditions of Employment (20.061) policy.