Robert K. Salyers, 70, a retired Labor Department official and head of the retired members' program for the American Federation of Government Employees, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at the University Club.

He had joined the Labor Department after World War II and retired in 1968.

During his federal government career, Mr. Salyers had been deputy assistant secretary for labor management relations and then assistant to the under secretary of Labor.

He supervised field operations throughout the country and coordinated programs for which the department was responsible.

Mr. Salyers was on duty with the Navy during World War II, when he was stationed in Iceland. He came to Washington immediately after the war and was assistant to the director of demobilization for the Navy.

He then became acting administrator of the Retraining and Reemployment Administration. When it became part of the Labor Department in 1947, he reorganized that activity and was director of the Bureau of Veterans Reemployment Rights for 10 years.

Mr. Salyers had been head of the retired members' program for AFGE since 1973. In that position, he kept an eye on the civil service retirement program, acted as liaison for AFGE with other organizations representing retired persons and monitored legislation affecting retirees and the elderly.

He also wrote a column, "Ask the Old-Timer," for the Government Standard, a publication of the AFGE.

Born in Carrollton, Ky., Mr. Salyers was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and did graduate work at the University of Kentucky.

From 1936 to 1942, he was director of the National Youth Administration in Kentucky. He also had served as legislative director of the Kentucky Education Association.

Mr. Salylers was a past president of the Kentucky Society of Washington and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Amvets.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Smith Salyers, of the home in Arlington; three children, Abigail Salyers, of Blacksburg, Va., Martha Salyers, of ZSan Francisco, and Robert K. Jr., of Louisville, Ky., and one grandchild.