Labor Relations

USSE Labor Relations is available to University Administration to negotiate staff and faculty collective bargaining agreements, advise on the implementation and administration of those agreements, and provide general labor relations advice and representation.

Brian Caufield / 541-737-9203
Assistant Director
Christine Meadows / 541-737-8587
Executive Assistant
Jolene Shute / 541-737-1530
Mailing Address
1600 Western Blvd. Suite 250
Corvallis, OR 97333
Collective Bargaining Negotiations
  • Serve as Chief Negotiator
  • Develop an overall negotiations strategy
  • Draft proposals and counterproposals
  • Prepare communications with employees
  • Brief Boards of Trustees, Administration, and other stakeholders
Implementation and Administration
  • Advise on issues of contract interpretation
  • Train Administrators and managers on contract provisions and past practice
Disciplinary Actions
  • Assist Human Resource Offices with determining the level of discipline consistent with contract provisions and past practice
  • Assess and advise as to the potential for the discipline to be grieved as a violation of the terms and conditions of the contract
  • Assist with drafting disciplinary actions
Grievance Processing
  • Review grievance and relevant contract Articles
  • Provide advice on merits of grievance
  • Assist with responding to grievance
  • Work with University and Union toward resolution
  • Serve as counsel to Universities in labor arbitration proceedings
  • Work with Unions to select an arbitrator
  • Develop a theory of the case
  • Prepare witnesses, exhibits, and Motions, if necessary
  • Draft post-hearing brief
  • Advise as to implementation of Arbitration Award
Classification and Compensation
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new classification or performance management systems