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Labor Relations

The Labor Relations office is part of the division of Human Resources and oversees all aspects of labor relations activities for AFSCME-represented employees at Kent State.

The Labor Relations office also oversees pre-disciplinary hearings for classified, unrepresented university employees. The goal of the office is to create and sustain a collaborative work environment for collective bargaining members, unrepresented classified employees and the professional leadership.

The major areas of responsibility for the Labor Relations office include:
  • Serve as a resource to employees, supervisors and department heads regarding labor relations policies and issues;
  • Administer and interpret the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement, university policies, and relevant sections of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code;
  • Plan and direct recruitment activities and employment services for represented classified staff;
  • Provide grievance and arbitration procedure administration for all classified employees;
  • Administer predisciplinary processes for all classified employees;
  • Assess and develop training programs for represented staff and supervisors/managers of represented staff; and
  • Represent the university in AFSCME collective bargaining negotiations.

For more information, contact Karen Watson, Employee Relations Manager, at 330-672-4636 or; Janine Bogden at 330-672-4636 or   .


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