Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Employment: Unions/Labor Relations

F32 Department of Labor Relations

F33 Joint Labor Management Committee

F34 Office of Employee Relations

F32 Department of Labor Relations
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
19 Staniford Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-7132
Fax: 617-626-7157

Formerly the State Labor Relations Commission, the division enforces collective bargaining laws applicable to all non-federal public employees and certain private sector employees. It conducts elections through which employees can choose whether to be represented by a union. It investigates charges filed by employees, unions, and employers alleging that the state's collective bargaining laws have been violated. It issues decisions and order remedies where appropriate. The LRC also handles requests for public information and issues orders that determine what subjects may be negotiated or mediated.The Board of Conciliation and Arbitration may be reached through this office.

Regional Office:

436 Dwight street, 1st Floor
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413-784-1230
Fax: 413-784-1251

F33 Joint Labor Management Committee
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
One Ashburton Place, Room 610
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-626-5466

The committee has oversight responsibility for all collective bargaining involving municipal police and firefighters. The committee mediates settlements and assists in the resolution of disputes involving terms and conditions of collective bargaining agreements. It ensures that public safety services are not interrupted as a result of these negotiations.

F34 Office of Employee Relations (OER)
Executive Office of Administration and Finance
Division of Human Resources
One Ashburton Place, Room 1002
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-878-9700
Fax: 617-727-3252

The Office of Employee Relations manages labor relations with the unions that represent employees in all Executive branch departments. This includes collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance resolution. OER also provides guidance on bargaining issues to the Board of Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, county sheriffs, registries of deeds and the Lottery Commission. Chapter 150E of the General Laws extends the right to organize and bargain collectively over wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment to public employees in Massachusetts.

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