Governor Patrick Appoints Amy Laura Davidson Chair Of The Advisory Council To The Division Of Labor Relations
Amy Davidson has been appointed as Chair of the Division of Labor Relations Advisory Council. The Division of Labor Relations is the agency charged with jurisdiction over unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations and mediation and interest arbitration under the Joint Labor Management Committee. Early in her career, Amy worked as a hearing officer for the Labor Relations Commission, the predecessor to the Division of Labor Relations. In 2007, Amy chaired a Mass Bar Association committee that was involved in discussions with the Secretary of Labor which ultimately lead to the reorganization of the agency to the Division of Labor Relations .
The Advisory Council is charged with responsibility for advising the Division of Labor Relations concerning policies and practices that it might implement to better discharge its labor relations duties. It is comprised of thirteen members including five representatives of public sector unions, five representatives of public sector management and three non-affiliated members. The Director of Labor, the Chair of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board and the Director of the Division of Labor Relations will all serve as non-voting members of the Advisory Council.
Amy has been serving as a labor representative on the Advisory Council since 2008 when she was first appointed to that position by the governor. Initially, she participated with other members of the Council in interviews of candidates for appointment to the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board and the Director of the Division of Labor Relations. More recently, Amy has participated in discussions about the revision of regulations governing the Division. On April 21, 2010, Amy was sworn in as Chair of the Council. She will serve in that position for two years.