Carter gets his special election on binding arbitration
February 23, 2011
The San Luis Obispo City Council decided Tuesday night to let residents vote in a special mail-in election to determine the future of binding arbitration for public safety employees. [Tribune]
Council members unanimously agreed to put two issues before city voters by mail-in ballot on Aug. 30.
In a 4-1 vote, the city council agreed to ask local voters whether a controversial part of the city charter that brings in a third-party arbiter to intervene and decide wages and benefits if labor contract talks stall should be repealed.
They then voted 4-1 to ask local voters whether to remove a city charter section that requires voter approval to reduce retirement benefits. Councilman John Ashbaugh dissented on both votes.
Tuesday night’s actions are considered a major victory for Councilman Andrew Carter who has been nudging his colleagues to take action on the binding arbitration issue before new negotiations begin with public safety employees at the end of 2011.
More than 150 people attended the city hall meeting.