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Mission Statement:

The goal of the Labor Relations Program is to promote the development and growth of collaborative Labor-Management relationships, and provide accurate and comprehensive guidance that will empower Management to make informed decisions as labor challenges arise. Pursuant to delegations of authority, the Labor Relations Program (LRP) within the Employee and Labor Relations Division (ELRD) provides expert advice, technical guidance, training, and policy to the Department, Mission Areas, Agencies, and Staff Offices concerning labor-management and labor relations (LR) matters arising under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71, et seq. (“the Statute”) and the (8) national unions representing a total of approximately 36,000 employees in 80 collective bargaining units across 16 USDA Agencies and Staff Offices.


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