Connye Y. Harper

Connye Harper


Connye Harper is a Neutral Mediator who specializes in Labor and Employment Law cases.

She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), chair of its Hospitality Committee and one of its Instructors for the SHRM Learning System.

Since 2004, she has been an elected Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

For 20 years Connye served as Associate General Counsel of the United Auto Workers International Union. In that position she participated in many strategic planning sessions for labor organizing drives for companies of all sizes and in diverse industries.

The UAW has over 450,000 members and represents members employed by hotel, hospitals, retailers, breweries, local governments, insurance companies, warehouses, transportation companies as well as factories. She has had an insider’s view of organizing planning strategies and practices.

Because the UAW itself is an employer of unionized employees, she has also developed and implemented policies and practices for managing a unionized workforce.

One of Ms. Harper’s frequent responsibilities included developing and presenting training programs for rank and file union members on complex topics such as compliance with the federal Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and sexual harassment prevention and complaint investigation. She is adept at accurately translating complex legal concepts into clear, simple language understandable by people with little formal education.

In addition, she was a member of the governing board of directors for the Section on Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association, which includes all of the national leadership in the field of Labor and Employment Law in the United States. There she developed and presented many continuing legal education seminars and training programs for attorneys across the country. Since 2004, she has been a member of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which is limited to lawyers with over 25 years of experience in labor and employment law and are elected to membership by their local and national colleagues.

Before joining the UAW staff, Connye was the Human Resources Director of the Law Office of Connye Y. Harper, PC in Detroit, Michigan for five years where she handled the day to day responsibilities of recruitment, selection, training, performance evaluation, discipline and compensation for employees of the law firm.

Ms. Harper holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School with a specialty in Labor Relations and Employment Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan.