Robert Linn '74 Named NYC's Director of Labor Relations


Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced five key appointments to his administration, pledging to continue building a progressive, diverse and effective government.

In naming heads of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, Department of Homeless Services, Department of Transportation and Office of Labor Relations, the Mayor-Elect reiterated his commitment to a broad slate of reforms, including investing in small businesses, making streets safer, developing alternative programs for homeless families and individuals, and negotiating in good faith the New York City’s workforce contracts...

Bob Linn, a life-long negotiator of labor contracts and arbitrator of labor disputes, will serve as the Director of Labor Relations and lead the Administration’s efforts to resolve outstanding labor contracts...

“New York City has the finest workforce in the world. We are going to reset the relationship between this city and the men and women who serve it. It will be based on honesty and respect, and a shared commitment to making this city work,” said incoming Director of Labor Relations Bob Linn.

About Robert Linn:

Robert Linn has distinguished himself as one of the most respected labor negotiators and mediators in the nation, with deep experience on both sides of the negotiating table.

As Chief Labor Negotiator under Mayor Ed Koch, Linn managing collective bargaining processes affecting 300,000 employees in over 100 bargaining units, including police, fire, teachers, CUNY professors, nurses and other health care workers — and negotiated and administered New York City’s $750 million health plan covering one million participants. Prior to his role as Chief Negotiator, Linn served as Personnel Director for the city, overseeing civil service, equal employment opportunity, recruitment, employee benefits, training and development.

In the private sector, Linn has represented numerous city clients in labor negotiations, arbitrations, health benefit cost containment, productivity initiatives and workforce effectiveness. Most recently, as President of Linn & Logan Consulting, Inc, Linn represented Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Trenton, and Newark, as well as the New York City Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY and NJ, The New York Daily News, and Greater New York Hospital Association. Prior to joining Linn & Logan Consulting, Inc, he served as the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s chief negotiator in 2001-2002 contract negotiations with the City. Linn also served as Vice President and National Director of the Labor and Management Relations Practice at Hay Management Consultants.

Linn has taught at Fordham University School of Law, lectured at The New School and Cornell University, and conducted seminars on collective bargaining, health benefit cost containment, and labor-management cooperation.

He attended Haverford College and holds a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. A New York City native, Linn currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife Carol.