What we do
The Department of Labor builds partnerships between management and the labor organizations representing City employees. The department also oversees matters related to the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and workplace anti-harassment policies, FMLA, ADA, and other EEO areas. As the City’s main point of contact for the labor community, we:
- Handle negotiations between City unions and City management.
- Respond to unfair labor practice charges filed against the City.
- Investigate complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination from any City employees, applicants, former employees, or members of the public.
- Represent the City in union disputes.
- Make sure employers with City contracts pay prevailing wages.
- Resolve minimum-wage waiver requests.
- Administer and enforce the City’s worker protection laws.
The Department of Labor includes the Office of Employee Relations, the Office of Labor Relations, the Office of Worker Protections, the Office of Labor Standards, and the Living Wage Working Group.
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Basil Merenda was appointed by Mayor Kenney as Director of Labor in December 2022. Merenda joined the City from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Safety and Labor Management Relations. In his role as Director of Labor, Merenda oversees the Living Wage Working Group and the Offices of Employee Relations; Labor Relations; Worker Protections; and Labor Standards. Merenda also previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Code Enforcement at the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, and as Chief Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Merenda holds Juris Doctor and undergraduate degrees from Villanova University, in addition to a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.