George ChildersLabor Relations Manager, Grand Rapids, MI (Ret.)
George Childers has more than 30 years of experience with employment in the public sector including the Federal government, State government, and Local government. George is a military service veteran having served 8 years in the United States Air Force. He began his work in the Labor Relations field working for the Michigan Department of State Police and administered the contracts with the State Troopers and Sergeants, and Laboratory Scientists in the department’s Forensic Science Division. As Labor Relations Manager for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, George negotiated and administered contracts with nine (9) exclusively represented bargaining units covering Police and Fire, Administrative Services, Community Services, Environmental Services, and Public Works. He retired from the city in 2010.
George holds a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and currently operates a labor relations consulting firm registered in the State of Michigan. His experience covers the areas of being a Chief Spokesperson in contract negotiations; appointment as a panel member in interest arbitration; grievance administration and arbitration advocacy; progressive discipline; interacting with supervisory staff and elected officials on contract interpretation; accepting and investigating citizen complaints; providing responses and advocating in Unfair Labor Practice and Unemployment cases; and, coaching/counseling.