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Employee & Labor Relations

The purpose of Employee and Labor Relations is to provide support to University administrators, managers and supervisors in the areas of contract administration, grievances, discipline, and performance management. EL&R also works closely with local bargaining unit representatives to advance a harmonious and respectful working relationship. Our goal is to provide consistent, professional and timely services to all U of O employees. The Employee and Labor Relations Manager is responsible for handling matters related to classified employees. Information on OA employment can be found on the OA website at:

Services provided by Employee and Labor Relations staff include:

  • Interpreting and ensuring compliance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements
  • Providing counsel and advice regarding performance management and discipline
  • Negotiating bargaining unit agreements
  • Processing grievances and providing arbitration support
  • Handling employee complaints and responding to employee questions
  • Reviewing and approving all disciplinary actions including written reprimands, suspensions, pay sanctions and terminations
  • Assisting supervisors in dealing with employee discipline issues. Providing individual guidance to supervisors who are considering initiating disciplinary action
  • Developing and maintaining positive working relationships between all campus groups/personnel
  • Monitoring and recording Union release time

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The University of Oregon contracts with Cascade Centers, Inc. to provide a comprehensive employee assistance program for eligible employees, their dependents and eligible household members. The services are available at no cost. More information about the program is available from Human Resources, 346-3159. Call Cascade directly at 1-800-433-2320 to schedule an appointment.