What do you know about labor and employment law in the public sector?

What are job conditions like? pay? benefits? social life? hours? I’ve only been able to find a minimal amount of information online. Links to any websites (besides Vault.com) with this kind of information would be much appreciated. Personal experiences much desired. (Particularly in the Washington D.C. metro area)

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2 Responses to “What do you know about labor and employment law in the public sector?”

  1. Sully Says:

    One of the biggest public section organizations is CSEA in Albany, NY. Over the years they have won excellent pay, benefits, and job protection for their members. Look them up.

  2. bonairetrip Says:

    I can speak in terms of state level at a western state. There are four general types of opportunities: a) working in a labor negotiation shop on behalf of management; b) working for the attorney general (defending the state); c) working for the labor agency or AG (pursung violations of labor law) — perhaps even as an ALJ; or d) working for the legislative branch as staff counsel — typically for a labor or commerce type committee.

    For example, here in the other Washington: http://www.atg.wa.gov/careers/attorneys.shtml and http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/FindAJob/default.asp and http://www.biia.wa.gov/opportunity.htm and http://www1.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/OPRGeneral/jobs.htm

    Hours will likely be better than a large firm. Responsibilities may also be greater. Pay will be less. All of this varies employer to employer (both public and private).