American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Labor and Policy Advocate
Research & Collective Bargaining

Based in Washington, DC


Labor Economist I
Research & Collective Bargaining
Location: Washington, DC - Headquarters
United Staff Union – Grade 8
Starting Salary: $76,115
This position analyzes a variety of verbal and statistical data to prepare reports and studies involving labor relations issues as well as for providing assistance to affiliates during negotiations, impasse resolution proceedings, organizing campaigns, and other union activities.


  • Uses a broad spectrum of internal and external resources to research affiliate and International staff requests for information on a topic.
  • Searches sources, such as reference works, literature, documents, newspapers, and statistical records, to obtain data on assigned subject.
  • May analyze state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives in the social service field to determine their impact on AFSCME members and make recommendations.
  • Works with AFSCME affiliates on implementation of initiatives.
  • Analyzes and evaluates applicability of collected data; prepares statistical tabulations.
  • Responds and answers requests requiring the analysis of city, county, state, and other budgets to determine feasibility and fiscal impact. May adapt previous responses to similar requests. May interview individuals to obtain data or draft correspondence to answer inquiries.
  • Analysis may be used for contract negotiations, arbitrations, or fact-finding initiatives. May assist more senior economists in more complex analysis and the preparation of requisite materials.
  • Uses economic statistics such as the Consumer Price Index and Census Data plus information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies to respond to inquiries from affiliates and International Union staff.
  • Writes reports and bulletins or presents data in formats such as abstract, bibliographies, graphs, etc.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the information necessary for the annual minimum dues' determination is current and available.
  • Analyzes wage and benefit comparisons to assist affiliates.
  • Summarizes major AFSCME contract settlements, indicating wage and benefit changes and language improvements.
  • Analyzes contracts and advises how to "improve" the language.
  • Attends meetings and workshops of other labor organizations, coalition groups and public commissions as a participant or observer.
  • Performs other general labor economist duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in economics, labor relations, political science and two to three years’ experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities.


  • Considerable knowledge of labor relations, and budget analysis issues.
  • Knowledge of labor unions and organizing.
  • Knowledge of economic program analysis and projections.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining process and issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Ability to conduct sound research and make logical conclusions.
  • Ability to formulate program strategies and respond to formal information requests.
  • Ability to perform economic analysis.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and database software.

To Apply:
Please submit résumé and cover letter to recruiting@afscme.org

Posting Date: March 3, 2021

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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