About the Department

The Department of Employee and Labor Relations is the Wayne State University unit responsible for advising and counseling departments relative to conduct and investigations (including the possibility of medical/psychiatric examinations) and appropriate discipline for represented, non-academic personnel. The Department of Employee and Labor Relations also negotiates and interprets contracts, is responsible for grievance administration, and represents WSU in arbitration, mediation & MERC hearings.

Employee and Labor Relations negotiates and administers the contractual provisions of employees represented by the following WSU Unions (bargaining units):

  • UAW Staff Association Local 2071
  • AFSCME Local 1497
  • UAW P&A Local 1979
  • SEIU Local 517M (formerly known as Local 177M)
  • UNITE HERE! Local 24 WSU Janitors (formerly known as HERE)
  • Operating Engineers Local 324 (formerly 547)
  • Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council (formerly known as Greater Detroit Building & Construction Trades Council)
  • Police Officers Labor Council Local 2646