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Bargaining Unit Employees and Union Representatives

Agency Labor Liaisons are agency employees, designated by the director of the agency, who are responsible for all labor issues and grievance within their agency. They are expected to have more advance knowledge of the collective bargaining agreements and labor relations statute to provide immediate guidance on labor matters to the managers and supervisors in their agency.

For a list of Labor Liaisons by agency, please review the Directory of Agency Directors, Labor Liaisons and Unions Presidents.

Compensation Units

In the District of Columbia, bargaining unit employees are assigned to be appropriate compensation units for the purposes of negotiating wages and other benefits. The OLRCB is the Mayor’s designated representative in all compensation negotiations for agencies under the Mayor’s personnel authority.

There are 23 working conditions collective bargaining agreements between District agencies and the various labor organizations representing District employees whose compensation is negotiated as part of the Compensation Units 1 and 2 Agreement and 21 compensation agreements, including Compensation Units 1 and 2. As a matter of information, Compensation Unit 1 is comprised of white-collar employees and Compensation Unit 2 is comprised of blue-collar employees. Collectively, both units cover approximately 9,000 employees. 

Find more information on Compensation Units

Union representatives are elected or appointed by the union and serve as the representative for their respective union. For a list of union representatives by union, please review the Directory of Agency Directors, Labor Liaisons and Union Presidents.

  •     DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA)
  •     University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
  •     District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA)
  •     District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission (SEC)
  •     District of Columbia Convention Center Authority (CCCA)
  •     District of Columbia Public Service Commission

Additional information on Union Representatives and Agencies

For Unions: The Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining offers the following services specific to unions:  

For Employees: The District’s total complement of employees is approximately 35,000 of which approximately 26,000, or approximately 75 percent, are unionized. The majority of union employees are employed at the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Department of Mental Health and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. 

The Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (OLRCB) offers the following services, among others, to employees:  

    PeopleSoft
    Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program (NEAHP)

More information is available on the DCHR website.

OLRCB Forms: Find helpful forms here.