During her 16 years in the private practice of law, she was involved in all aspects of the labor-management relationship, including negotiating contracts and assisting parties in the administration of those contracts. She arbitrated grievances on behalf of Unions, and she served as attorney for a number of Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds.
As Mayor of Madison, Sue directed the City’s Director of Labor Relations with respect to contract negotiations and grievance handling. On occasion, she directly participated in mediation so as to bring about a voluntary contract settlement.
As a Commissioner at the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission for 8 years, Sue successfully mediated almost 300 collective bargaining agreements and more than 60 grievances in both the public and private sectors. In addition, she issued more than 65 grievance arbitration awards, each of which was issued in accordance with the timelines set forth in the collective bargaining agreement and rules of the Commission.