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 The Office of Collective Bargaining performs a variety of services in conjunction with labor contract negotiation and administration. Statutorily, the Office of Collective Bargaining serves as the principle representative of the State as an employer and negotiates all of the State’s labor contracts. Deputy Director Duco is primarily responsible for developing and directing the State’s labor relations policy. He is the State’s chief negotiator and works closely with all levels of management, as well as union personnel, to create and establish labor contracts that not only give management the tools necessary to run our government efficiently, but also meet the needs of workforce.

This office presently serves approximately seventy (70) state agencies, boards and commissions, offering technical assistance and expertise to agency management staff and coordinating dispute resolution. Labor-management cooperation and labor relations training are key initiatives managed by the Deputy Director’s office. OCB hosts a bi-monthly Labor Relations Advisory Council where OCB management and staff discuss labor issues with agency labor relations representatives. OCB also holds bargaining conferences, new contract training, labor conferences and assists the State’s other elected officials with negotiations. The Deputy Director serves on the Board of Trustees for the Union Benefits Trust and provides management oversight to the Joint Health Care Committee (JHCC).


Leadership Team

Michael Duco
Deputy Director

Kate Nicholson
Manager, Labor Relations and Training Administration