Track 1: Today’s Workplace Issues | Room: 1151
Jay Gasdaska, Director, Office of Employee Relations and Workforce Support,  Office of Administration

In today’s world, there are few certainties. One sure thing that we can all rely on is the ever-present excitement that exists in the Commonwealth’s Employee Relations program. Please join us as Bureau of Employee Relations staff review topics of great interest from one of the largest and most diversely-represented workforces in the public sector.
In his role as the Director of the Office of Employee Relations and Workforce Support in the Office of Administration, Jay Gasdaska is responsible for overseeing the commonwealth’s labor relations, equal employment opportunity, employee benefits and workforce support programs. Prior to accepting this role in 2017, Jay served as the Director of the Bureau of Employee Relations for almost ten years. As part of its mission, the Bureau negotiates the terms and conditions of employment with the twenty unions that represent over 60,000 commonwealth employees. Through its administration of these collective bargaining agreements/memoranda, the bureau provides guidance and training to agency supervisory and management staff, investigates and responds to employee grievances, represents the commonwealth at arbitration hearings and advises agencies on implementing office/facility reorganizations, closures, subcontracting and other administration initiatives. Since earning his Master’s Degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from IUP in 1989, Jay has acquired almost thirty years of labor relations experience with the commonwealth both at the agency and enterprise levels, having worked as a Labor Relations Specialist with the Department of Public Welfare and as the Labor Relations Coordinator for the Governor’s Executive Offices Human Resources Office while serving as their Human Resource Director in addition to assuming an enterprise role during his two stints with the Bureau of Labor Relations (from 1997-2004 and 2008-2017).