California Association of Professional Employees

California Association of Professional Employees

Labor Relations Director

Based in Pasadena, CA


Job Title: Labor Relations Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

Support the organization’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence, competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for others, accountability, and ownership.

Under the general supervision of the President and Board of Directors, the Labor Relations Director is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day activities related to operations, monitoring compliance with provisions of our units’ collective bargaining agreements, and collaborating with staff to advance the goals and mission of the organization. The ideal candidate will manage representation services, negotiate on behalf of the Association, represent the Association in administrative and grievance arbitration proceedings, and deal with various labor and management representatives, as well as public officials.


  • Collaborate with appropriate office and field staff, assign tasks, assist with evaluations, and conduct periodic staff meetings as directed by the President or Board of Directors.
  • Provide advice, consultation, professional assistance, and support to the President and Board of Directors to identify key issues and priorities for operations, representation, and negotiations.
  • Attend and/or monitor meetings of the CAPE Board of Directors, Coalition of County Unions (CCU), LA County Federation of Labor, COPE, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, and similar meetings, trainings, conferences, and/or conventions as assigned by the President or Board of Directors to monitor for potential actions that could impact CAPE.
  • Develop and conduct trainings, informational meetings, and programs for the membership, delegates, and negotiating teams as coordinated with the President or Board of Directors
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of ongoing membership recruitment plans.
  • Identify, develop, and implement representation and collective bargaining related issue campaigns.
  • Advise membership on their rights and obligations under their contracts and be an advocate to those who are charged with policy violations and are at risk of being disciplined.
  • Attend grievance meetings, meet and consult with grievance representatives, assist with arbitrations, unfair labor charges, and other legal matters from preliminary stages through final determination.
  • During active negotiations, assist with compiling information requests, completing necessary research, analyzing government budgets, formulating proposals, and monitoring counterproposals.
  • Take the lead in negotiating collective bargaining contracts in meetings between Member Bargaining Teams and Los Angeles County management as well as participate in Joint Labor-Management Committees on subjects that are important to CAPE members.
  • Draft letters and other correspondence and collaborate in designing publications.
  • Take the lead in developing and maintaining productive and professional relationships with Los Angeles County management.
  • Develop and maintain community and labor contacts and communication with political and community leaders.
  • Supervise outside counsel when retained.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • At least five years as staff or comparable experience with union work
  • Experience in internal organizing, membership recruitment, grievance administration, representation, and contract negotiations
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of campaign strategies: political, organizing, and collective bargaining/negotiations
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out assigned tasks with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, and travel as needed.
  • Possess a valid CA Driver’s License, proof of insurance with required minimum coverage, and a dependable vehicle that will be available for all work hours.


  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent with five year’s recent experience working with labor unions
  • Knowledge of public sector collective bargaining and civil service rules
  • An understanding of public employee pension systems and the issues they face in today’s political arena


  • Starting Salary of $85,995.
  • Benefit package provided by employer includes medical, dental, vision, and retirement.
  • Vacation and sick leave, plus paid holidays.

Send an email with a cover letter and résumé to Carmen Lopez at: carmen@capeunion.org.
This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time.

CAPE is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, or any other class protected by law.

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