As the Firm's Labor Relations Director, Kristi provides negotiations services for LCW clients and supports the Firm's labor relations practice by helping developing negotiators refine their skills. Her experience in all facets of public sector Human Resources management provides expertise for consulting with clients on best practices and providing training to clients on management-related topics. These service areas include:
Kristi has more than fifteen years of Human Resources and Labor Relations experience at the management level, previously serving as the Director of Human Resources at the City of Pasadena and before that, for the City of Tustin. She brings a unique perspective to the collective bargaining process and has successfully negotiated with a variety of unions and employee associations including AFSCME, LIUNA, SEIU, IBEW, IUOE, OCEA, and Police, Fire and Management Associations. As a member of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Management team, Kristi contributes to LCW's long and short-range strategic plans.
Through the use of assessments, Kristi assists clients in the areas of talent acquisition, employee development, teambuilding, conflict resolution, increased emotional intelligence and relationship awareness, employee engagement, succession planning, and leadership effectiveness. Kristi is certified in several assessment tools including Harrison Assessments, Total SDI, and The Leadership Circle.
Kristi is a past president of the Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) and has been active with its national parent organization, NPELRA. She served as a member of the Employer Relations Policy Committee for the League of California Cities from 2008-2010 and was president of the League's Employee Relations department in 2010. She has been engaged in a variety of professional organizations throughout her career including: the International Public Management Association (IPMA-HR) and its Southern California chapter (SCPMA), the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), and the Southern California Public Labor Relations Council (SCPLRC).
Kristi received her Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Fullerton and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She holds a Human Resources Management certificate from the University of California, Irvine and is an IPMA-HR Certified Professional.
It’s that time of the year when we begin to negotiate labor agreements set to end on June 30th. Have you started your preparations for the negotiating process? One critical step in labor negotiations is costing your existing MOU. What do we mean when we say “costing?” It means you should be able to identify what each item in the MOU costs on a fiscal year basis and thereby determine the total cost of the contract to your agency.
In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Negotiations Services practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables.
When it comes to labor negotiations, costing labor contracts is critical. Long gone are the days of generalized estimates related to labor costs.
We are proud to continue our video series – Tips from the Table.
It's that time of the year when we begin to negotiate labor agreements set to...