New York State United Teachers
New York State United Teachers


Labor Relations Specialist
United University Professions (UUP)

Based in the Central New York Region
(Syracuse Office)

Title: Labor Relations Specialist – UUP
Department: UUP – Central New York Region (Syracuse Office)
Category: PSA, Category A
Salary: To be determined
Date: November 22, 2019

UUP is the bargaining agent for more than 35,000 faculty and professionals employed at the 29 state operated campuses and 4 major health science centers (Buffalo, Syracuse, Downstate – Brooklyn, and Stony Brook) of the State University of New York (SUNY). UUP is a NYSUT Local comprised of 32 chapters statewide.

Job Summary
The primary responsibilities of the Labor Relations Specialist, UUP are to promote the image and vision of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT, NEA-AFT) and the American Labor Movement, advocate on behalf of affiliates and members and the institutions in which they work, support the growth and strength of NYSUT locals, and to provide services to local affiliates of NYSUT.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote the image and goals of NYSUT and the American Labor Movement by representing the organization in a variety of activities involving local affiliates, and in the political and legislative arenas.
  • Responsible for developing and promoting strategic approaches for affiliated locals in their interaction with their members.
  • Utilizing that strategic approach, assist each local affiliate in maximizing member engagement and building the capacity of local affiliates to meet the workplace needs of their members, engage in political action, community service, social justice and professional development initiatives, and participating in regional, state and national events, programs and governance.
  • Develop and maintain a hands-on relationship with local affiliates; build, or assist locals in building, community and campus coalitions that further the goals of NYSUT and its members.
  • Ensure that locals identify all workplace issues as opportunities for organizing and engaging members, particularly when there is no apparent legal solution.
  • Engage in and support organizing of unrepresented and unaffiliated workers.
  • Be committed to the process of life-long learning and demonstrate a desire for continuous professional self-improvement and knowledge attainment.
  • Develop an understanding of the work life of members and assist local unions in recognizing responsibilities in both professional issues and union activities.
  • Work with local affiliates in the capacity of consultant, communicator, trainer and facilitator in the resolution of local issues; gather, assimilate and distribute information.
  • Conduct labor relations activities including collective bargaining, contract administration (including grievance arbitration) and legal advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationships
Accountable to NYSUT through the UUP Staff Director


  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, including public speaking
  • Pro-union and advocate for the rights of working people
  • Energetic self-starter
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive work relationships with supervisor, co-workers and others
  • Flexible regarding work responsibilities and working conditions
  • Willing to travel and work irregular hours
  • Bachelor’s degree or appropriate experience
  • Ability to effectively manage electronic communications and social media
  • Experience representing health care or hospital employees preferred
  • Experience in representing employees in disciplinary investigations/grievances preferred

Qualified applicants should submit résumé and cover letter to NYSUT Human Resources at HR@nysutmail.org no later than December 6, 2019.

NYSUT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply

New York State United Teachers is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, NEA, AFL-CIO, Representing teachers and other professionals, school related professionals, higher education professionals, health care professionals and retirees.

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