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Labor Economist III

Department: Research and Collective Bargaining
Location:Washington, D.C.
Grade:United Staff Union — Grade 10
Salary:Starts at $84,034
Benefits:List of benefits
Posting Date:October 18, 2017

This position is responsible for performing a wide variety of analyses involving collective bargaining, outsourcing, financial analysis, and public finance.


  • Provides assistance to affiliates during negotiations, impasse resolution proceedings, organizing campaigns and other union activities and campaigns.
  • Analyzes and represents the interests of AFSCME members in discussion related to outsourcing and complex public financial transactions. Analyses may involve economic and non-economic issues, fiscal and budgetary issues in the public and private sectors and/or issues related to health and other negotiated benefits.
  • Conducts in-depth responses and studies of policy and bargaining issues upon request of affiliate and AFSCME staff.  May involve developing new resource materials.
  • Analyzes city, county, state and private company/non-profit budgets, to review the fiscal condition and ability to pay and highlight areas for further questioning. Analyzes health and pension plan documents and actuarial reports in order to develop an appropriate response to employers, policy makers, and union leaders, staff and members. Analyzes and comments on state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives to promote the interests of AFSCME members.
  • Works with AFSCME affiliates on implementation of initiatives.
  • Serves as a negotiator or in an advisory capacity during negotiations. 
  • Prepares and may present economic exhibits, information summaries, arguments and counter arguments and testimony during impasse procedures. May be asked to prepare and present testimony before city councils, county and state legislatures, and may deal with the press on issues.
  • Prepares materials for and conducts briefings and workshops at affiliate meetings and conferences covering key issues.
  • Serves as staff liaison to committees appointed by the President.
  • May monitor one or more specialty issues or topics of importance to AFSCME.
  • Serves as the resource person in these areas for both affiliate and AFSCME staff.
  • Writes occasional articles, manuals and fact sheets on various areas of concentration.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, advanced degree desirable with course work in, depending on specific duties, economics, employee benefits, or labor relations; CEBS certification; and (7) seven to (10) ten years of related work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills Requirements:

  • Knowledge of labor unions and organizing.
  • Thorough and advanced knowledge of economic principles.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining processes and issues.
  • Thorough knowledge of health and retirement benefit issues.
  • Ability to analyze, formulate plans, and develop solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to conduct sound research and make logical conclusions.
  • Ability to formulate program strategies and respond to formal information requests.
  • Ability to perform advanced benefit plan design analysis.
  • Ability to lead projects.
  • Ability to develop curriculum and present effective training seminars.
  • Advanced skills in the use of personal computers, internet research, and database software.

A writing sample may be required of all applicants.

 Posting Date: October 18, 2017

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