Pamela S. Silverblatt
Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations
Pamela Silverblatt was appointed to the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations at The City University of New York in 2008. As the University’s chief labor strategist and chief negotiator with its faculty and staff unions, Ms. Silverblatt develops, negotiates and implements CUNY’s labor policy affecting more than 40,000 employees. Ms. Silverblatt has spent her career managing and directing labor relations and human resources functions in large, complex organizations and negotiating collective bargaining agreements covering tens of thousands of employees, including teachers, police officers, firefighters and civilians.
Initially appointed First Deputy Labor Commissioner for the City of New York in 2001 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Ms. Silverblatt was subsequently reappointed to that position by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As First Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Silverblatt was responsible for the strategic and financial operations of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations; she oversaw the City’s health benefits program, which provides health insurance coverage to more than one million people; the City’s deferred compensation and pre-tax programs (including 457, 401(k) and IRA plans), with over $8 billion in assets under management; the Citywide Employee Assistance Program; and the NYC Management Benefits Fund. Ms. Silverblatt was the chief labor negotiator on both the City’s K-12 public school teachers’ and principals’ contracts.
Ms. Silverblatt began her public sector career as a staff attorney at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation more than two decades ago. Over the course of twelve years at HHC she held a series of progressively responsible positions, including as the Senior Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and the Senior Assistant Vice President for Operations, prior to leaving in 2001 to join the Mayor’s Office. At the start of her career, Ms. Silverblatt represented private and public sector unions providing advice and guidance, as well as representation in administrative litigation.
Vice Chancellor Silverblatt counts among the most significant accomplishments of her career settling the 2002 Queens bus strike, which had left more than 110,000 residents stranded without bus service for over seven weeks; expanding access to world-class healthcare by overseeing the inclusion of providers at one of the country’s preeminent cancer hospitals into the City health insurance program; negotiating the first fully-paid parental leave benefit for public sector employees in New York State; negotiating the 2002 and 2005 landmark extensions to the length of the school day, resulting in an additional two and a half hours of instructional time for public school students each week; and negotiating the provision of health insurance benefits for adjunct faculty at CUNY.
Ms. Silverblatt is a Board member at the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions; the NYC Board of Collective Bargaining; and the City University of New York Research Foundation. Most recently, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Lindsay Fellows Program at the Institute for State and Local Governance. Ms. Silverblatt holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law School.