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Labor Economist III

Research & Collective Bargaining
Washington, D.C.
USU Grade 10
Salary Range:
$92,773 - $139,164
Posting Date:
December 20, 2022

This position is responsible for performing a wide variety of analyses involving collective bargaining issues or specialized issues; for providing assistance to affiliates during negotiations, impasse resolution proceedings, organizing campaigns, and other union activities. Analyses may involve collective bargaining issues, fiscal and budgetary issues, and/or the funding, regulatory, and work environment of AFSCME members in the social services sector.


  • Conducts in-depth responses and studies upon request of affiliate and AFSCME staff. May involve developing new resource materials.
  • Analyze city, county, state, and other budgets, to review the fiscal condition and ability to pay and highlight areas for further questioning.
  • Documents analysis and recommendations and prepares appropriate exhibits.
  • Analyzes health and pension plan documents and actuarial reports in order to develop an appropriate response to employers, policymakers, union leaders, staff, and members.
  • Analyzes state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives in the social service field to determine their impact on AFSCME members and make recommendations.
  • 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 counterarguments, 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 one or more advisory committees appointed by the President.
  • Reviews specific issues and concerns for the committee and helps develop programs to address their specific needs. Serves as a staff resource to these committees, preparing meeting agendas and materials, following up on actions recommended, and drafting resolutions and recommendations.
  • 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. This means serving in an advisory role during negotiations and conducting workshops.
  • Writes occasional articles, manuals, and fact sheets on various areas of concentration.


Education and Experience:

  • 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 desired.
  • A minimum of (7) seven of related work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Thorough knowledge of labor unions and organizing.
  • Thorough and advanced knowledge of economic principles.
  • Thorough 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.

Travel and work hours

  • Travel and extended hours including weekends may be required.