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    300 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 820
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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    ​                                    Ken Deering                               Desiree Foster                          Alexandria Polk-Lewis 
    ​                                    Labor Relations Manager      Labor Relations Specialist        Labor Relations Assistant

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the City of Grand Rapids Labor Relations Department is to create and promote a positive work environment that fosters an effective relationship between the workforce and Management. The Labor Relations Department will negotiate and administer responsible and cost-effective collective bargaining agreements for the City of Grand Rapids and the various bargaining units. The Labor Relations Department will represent the City’s interests and provide labor relations services to all City departments in a way that is the most effective use of citizen tax dollars.   We will strive to continuously create efficiencies while assisting all City Departments in creating efficiencies in the delivery of City services. ​


    About Us

    The Labor Relations Department serves over 1,400 City employees and numerous members of the public each day. We are responsible for all activities concerning labor and employee relations regarding City employees including acting as the Chief Spokesperson as designated by the City Manager, for purposes of negotiating the collective bargaining agreements. Currently this includes eight (8) bargaining agreements as well as functioning as a resource to the Grand Rapids Public Library and 61st District Court. The Department also provides other City Departments and employees guidance on the proper interpretation of the bargaining agreements; investigates and administers disciplinary actions for the majority of City departments; works with the Internal Affairs Unit of the Police Department on cases of employee misconduct; administers the grievance procedures including advocating arbitration cases; represents the City in various administrative proceedings; and acts as Hearing Officer for various City license appeal hearings.​ 



    Collective Bargaining Agreements