The mission of the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) is to fulfill the legal mandate to engage in the collective bargaining process fairly, acknowledging the need for monetary increases on the part of the employees and at the same time being cognizant of the adverse economic condition of the government and its projected deficit. The Office of Collective Bargaining also strives to enhance the relationship between labor and management.
The Office of Collective Bargaining intends to preserve management rights and prerogatives as provided statutorily and contractually. The agency will seek to find common ground that will help bring balance to the relationship between labor and management.
Established by statute Act No. 4440, the agency was created under the Office of the Governor, but for funding purposes, pursuant to Act No. 6305, is placed under the Division of Personnel. The Office serves as the exclusive representative for the executive branch, and its departments and agencies, in all collective bargaining proceedings. The Office assists the Governor in the formulation of labor policies and strategies for collective bargaining, and coordinates the Government’s position in labor mediation, arbitration, civil and administrative proceedings.