Kristi Recchia

Kristi Recchia Labor Relations Director

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:

  • Labor Relations, MOU Audit, & Negotiation Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Classification & Compensation Services
  • Training & Executive Coaching
  • Performance Management (including executive evaluations)
  • Developing strategies for managing Employee Relations
  • HR Department  and Personnel Rule Audits

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.

Education

  • MPA, California State University, Long Beach

  • BA, California State University, Fullerton

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Rancho Mirage - The Rancho Mirage Employees Association.

Oxnard Harbor District (Port of Hueneme) - SEIU, Local 721.

City of Port Hueneme - SEIU, Local 721.

City of Monterey Park - Police Officers Association, Police Mid-Management Association and SEIU, Local 721.

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara - SEIU, Local 521.

City of Vallejo - Firefighters Association ( IAFF) and Confidential, Administrative, Managerial, and Professional Association (CAMP).

City of Fountain Valley - Police Officers Association, Police Management Unit, General Employees Association, Municipal Employees Associations, Firefighters Association, and Professional & Technical Employees.

City of Ridgecrest - UFCW (General Employees).

AUDITS

City of Covina - MOU Audits for AFSCME, Police Association, Police Management Association, and Police Supervisors of Covina.

City of Monterey Park - MOU Audits for Fire Fighters Association, Fire Management Association, and Police Captains Unit.

City of Cotati - Personnel Rules Audit.

LACERA - Equal Pay Act Audit.

Housing Authority of Santa Clara County - Employee Handbook and Personnel Rules Audit.

County of Santa Barbara - Civil Service Rules Revisions.

City of Manhattan Beach - Personnel Rules & Regulations Audit.

HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTING

City of Beverly Hills - Classification and compensation review.

City of Ontario - Human resources consulting including classification and compensation reviews.

Kedren Community Health Center - Executive recruitment and selection services and human resources consulting.

City of South Gate - Police department performance evaluation form revisions.

Education

  • MPA, California State University, Long Beach

  • BA, California State University, Fullerton

Feb 21, 2017

Are You Ready for Upcoming Negotiations? – Know Your Contract Costs

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.

Jan 11, 2017

Developing Your Influencing Skills

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. 

Aug 17, 2016

Can You Cost it? Calculating the Cost of Labor Contracts

When it comes to labor negotiations, costing labor contracts is critical. Long gone are the days of generalized estimates related to labor costs.

Feb 17, 2016

Budgets and Costing

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. 

Jan 12, 2016

Show Me the Money! Before You Can Spend It, Do You Know What It Costs?

It's that time of the year when we begin to negotiate labor agreements set to...

Sep 14, 2015 Press Release

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Announces Kristi Recchia Joining Firm as Labor Relations Director

New Role Continues Tradition of Innovation at the Firm Los Angeles, CA - Lieb...

Education

  • MPA, California State University, Long Beach

  • BA, California State University, Fullerton

11 October 2017
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Communication Counts!

21 June 2017
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Nuts & Bolts of Negotiations

15 June 2017
8 June 2017
Consortium Trainings

Maximizing Supervisory Skills for the First Line Supervisor

Orange County Consortium Buena Park
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11 May 2017
Consortium Trainings

Maximizing Supervisory Skills for the First Line Supervisor

West Inland Empire ERC Diamond Bar
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Education

  • MPA, California State University, Long Beach

  • BA, California State University, Fullerton

Contact Us

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