Labor and Employee Relations

Labor and Employee Relations is located in the BE 120 in the Human Resource Management Suite and is responsible for collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance administration, discipline, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, Freedom of Information Act compliance, as well as independent group employee relations issues.

Collective Bargaining

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has three organized employee unions and an independent administrative group. The Custodial/Maintenance Union is affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The WCC Education Association and the Office Professional/Technical Union are affiliated with the Michigan Education Association/National Education Association (NEA). Labor and Employee Relations staff is primarily responsible for the collective bargaining process and works directly with each of the three collectively organized employee groups to interpret and implement bargained contracts and to resolve grievances. Labor and Employee Relations staff also consults and advises supervisors and administrative staff, educating and helping them to work effectively with the organized groups.

2017 2020 OPTA Bargaining Agreement
2017-2020 OPTA Letters of Agreement
2018-2021 WCCEA Faculty Agreement
2018-2021 WCCEA Letters of Agreement
2019-2022 Custodial Maintenance Agreement
2019-2022 Part Time Adjunct Teaching Faculty Appendix E
Right to Work FAQ

Employee Relations

The Labor and Employee Relations staff is responsible for continuous improvement of employee relations through training programs, problem resolution assistance and assistance to ensure compliance with state and federal labor laws.

Investigation of claims or allegations of violation of discrimination or sexual harassment is performed confidentially by the Labor and Employee Relations Director.


Labor and Employee Relations will assist supervisors in dealing with employee discipline issues. The Labor and Employee Relations Director will provide individual consultation, coaching, assistance and guidance to supervisors who feel they may need to initiate disciplinary action.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator

WCC is an Open Door institution and welcomes a diverse population of students, including persons with disabilities. The ADA Coordinator is primarily responsible for ensuring accessibility to WCC employment, programs, and services for all persons. The ADA Coordinator receives complaints and requests for accommodation, and consults with appropriate college administrators and employees to ensure college-wide compliance with the requirements and spirit of ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in College facilities, education, public events, and employment. The ADA Coordinator is responsible for working with the ADA Committee to resolve issues. For further information see the WCC Board of Trustees Policy on Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

It is Washtenaw Community College's ("WCC") aim, consistent with the Michigan Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), that all persons, except those incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. The people shall be informed so that they fully participate in the democratic process.

WCC’s practice with respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State law and respond to each FOIA request in a consistent and fair manner.

WCC also acknowledges that it has a legal obligation to disclose all nonexempt public records in its possession pursuant to a FOIA request. Sometimes, however, WCC must invoke FOIA’s exemptions in denying a request, to ensure the effective operation of government and to protect the privacy of individuals under the law. Therefore, WCC will protect the public’s interest in disclosure, while withholding or redacting portions of certain records as required under the law.

WCC has established written procedures and guidelines to implement the FOIA.

Show procedures and guidelines