Labor-Management Services Frequently Asked Questions


Labor-Management Committees

What is a labor-management committee?

What authorizes labor-management committees?

How many members can a labor-management committee have?

Who chairs the labor-management committee? Who chairs the meetings?

What authority do these committees have?

Who selects the members of the labor-management committee?

Does the Partnership provide training for labor-management committees?


What is a labor-management committee?

A labor-management committee is a working group bringing together leaders from labor and management within an agency, facility, or worksite to discuss and attempt to resolve workplace issues of mutual concern. Committees may be local, regional, statewide, or special topic committees, such as education and training, safety and health, Employee Assistance Program, or others. A committee is co-chaired by a CSEA leader and a NYS manager at the appropriate level.

What authorizes labor-management committees?

The negotiated Agreements between CSEA and the State of New York provide for the establishment of labor-management committees. The agreements also require that labor and management representatives at the department or agency, and at the facility or institutional levels meet at least quarterly to discuss issues of mutual concern.

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How many members can a labor-management committee have?

Each committee determines its own composition and number. Worksite committees typically have from six to ten members. Statewide and regional committees often have more.

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Who chairs the labor-management committee? Who chairs the meetings?

A committee is co-chaired by a CSEA leader and a NYS manager at the appropriate level. The co-chairs will typically co-facilitate the committee meetings, but they may also take turns, or choose a facilitator from the committee's membership.

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What authority do these committees have?

Committees may discuss and make decisions regarding any matter of mutual concern they wish, however, the contract specifies that no action of the committee shall contravene (overturn or contradict) any terms or provisions of the Agreements between CSEA and the State of New York and may not exceed the authority of management at the level at which the meeting occurs. In other words, a local committee may not make decisions exceeding the authority of the senior-most manager at that locality.

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Who selects the members of the labor-management committee?

The highest ranking CSEA leader and NYS manager, or their designees, appoint labor and management members of the committee respectively. For statewide committees, the CSEA statewide President and the Director of the Governor's Office of Employee Relations, or the appropriate agency commissioner or their designees, appoints members. At the facility or institutional level, the highest ranking manager and the CSEA local president appoint.

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Does the Partnership provide training for labor-management committees?

Yes. The Partnership's Labor-Management Services team provides training for both newly formed and experienced committees in one- and two-day formats. The courses help committees build cohesive structure, prepare for and conduct effective meetings, manage conflict, deal with stress, and build productive working relationships. Contact the Labor-Management Services team: 518-486-7814 or 1-800-253-4332.

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Updated: October 14, 2016