California Association of Professional Employees

California Association of Professional Employees

Business Agent

Based in Pasadena, CA


The California Association of Professional Employees (CAPE, AFL-CIO) is the exclusive bargaining unit representative for more than 2,500 professional employees of the County of Los Angeles. Celebrating 60 years of excellence, CAPE is dedicated to empowering our members as they strive towards excellence in public service, while upholding our union’s vision to: Unite individual voices to support our members by bringing dignity to the workplace through the strength of solidarity.

Job Title: Business Agent
FLSA Status: Exempt

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

Under the general supervision of Labor Relations Director and Field/Communications Director, this position provides advice and Association representation of individuals and small groups in grievances and matters subject to “consultation” and “negotiation” with the employer, as well as performs a wide variety of functions dedicated to membership recruitment, retention, education, and organizing.


  • Provides advice to members regarding their rights under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and statutory laws.
  • Provides advice to non-members as to whether their employment problem is grievable under their Bargaining Unit’s MOU.
  • Upon request assists with filing grievances and represents employees in the grievance process.
  • Investigates individual employees’ employment issues, including those that are subject to a pending grievance.
  • Upon request, provides Association representation to individual employees in investigative interviews as to general misconduct allegations.
  • Upon request, provides Association representation to individual employees regarding pre-discipline “Skelly” proceedings.
  • Represents the Association in meetings with County or Department managers regarding matters subject to “consultation” and “negotiation” impacting a group of employees.
  • Staff departmental Joint Labor-Management Committee meetings as the lead representative to help members achieve their goals.
  • Assists in Unit and major subject negotiations (collective bargaining), including establishing and training of bargaining teams, and development of salary and benefit proposals.
  • Participates in membership mobilizing for contract negotiations and political action support.
  • Implements membership recruitment campaigns and/or external organizing and recruits new members.
  • Conducts frequent work site visits and meetings with union members and gives presentations regarding union programs, goals and activities.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the Delegate Program, including training.
  • Contributes to communication efforts as needed with publication of the CAPE Newsletter, bulletins and email broadcasts, meeting flyers, website, and other publications.
  • Represents the union at a variety of meetings and events, as necessary.
  • Attends Annual Membership dinner, seminars, and other functions as required.
  • Prepares reports, correspondence and presentations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • At least 3 years of staff or comparable experience with union work.
  • Experience in internal organizing, member recruitment, grievance administration, representation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining, public sector unions.
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills.


  • Knowledge of Civil Service Rules and Regulations
  • Degree in Labor Studies

Must have a valid California Driver’s License, proof of auto insurance with current level of coverage, dependable vehicle available to work each business day, and be willing to travel extensively throughout Los Angeles County on a regular basis.

Must be available for standard work hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


  • Starting Salary: $66,416.95
  • Benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, retirement.
  • Vacation and sick leave, plus paid holidays.

Send cover letter and résumé via email to capejobs@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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