San Luis Obispo Council seeks end to binding arbitration
February 2, 2011
Voters may get another chance to vote on binding arbitration, a mandate that resulted in public safety employees receiving a 30 percent raise in 2008. [Tribune]
San Luis Obispo Council members Andrew Carter, Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith voted in favor of revisiting the issue of binding arbitration because of the city’s current budget woes.
Binding arbitration, voted in by the public in 2000, entitles safety worker’s unions to bring in a third party negotiator if labor talks are at an impasse. The city and the unions are then required to abide by the negotiator’s decision.
Union representatives contend binding arbitration is fair because safety workers are not allowed to strike.
If the council votes to put binding arbitration back on the ballot, a majority of voters would have to approve the mandates elimination.