Chief Labor Relations Officer (Assistant City Manager)
The Chief Labor Relations Officer (CLRO), under direction from the City Manager, performs the complete work of planning, organizing, and directing and leading negotiations of a comprehensive collective bargaining program for the applicable workforce under the City’s recently enacted collective bargaining ordnance which was adopted by city council in April of 2022. Under authority of new state enabling legislation up to five bargaining units are authorized (police, fire, EMS, labor and trades, professionals, and administrative and technical). The CLRO advises the City Manager and all managers within the City on collective bargaining matters. In this role, the CLRO will be responsible for building, maintaining, and promoting positive relationships with the various unions’ representatives and City management.
Serves as the City’s Chief Negotiator in matters relating to collective bargaining.
Coordinates the City’s collective bargaining program, including negotiations with employee organizations, contract administration and training for both employees covered under the collective bargaining and the supervisory staff throughout the City.
Formulates and recommends management strategies for City labor negotiations to assure a sound salary and a benefit program to recruit and retain competent employees.
Coordinates collective bargaining issues with the City Manager, Department of Human Resources, Office of Management and Budget, City department heads, City Attorney’s Office, and the City Council as appropriate.
Develops collaborative working relationship with bargaining unit representatives
Represents the City of Alexandria in meetings with employees and employee organization representatives regarding salaries, fringe benefits, working conditions and work hours.
Directs preparation of Collective Bargaining Agreements in accordance with State law and City of Alexandria Ordinance for approval by City Council and provides the official management interpretation of such agreements.
Reviews legislation impacting collective bargaining and formulates appropriate recommendations.
Provides comprehensive and effective training programs for managers and supervisors on collective bargaining agreements, labor contract administration, and grievance resolution.
Facilitates resolution of disputes, grievances, and other difficulties involving collective bargaining agreements.