Police union battles to keep binding arbitration
May 11, 2011
The San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association is seeking a temporary restraining order against the city in an attempt to delay its goal to have the public vote on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make changes in retirement benefits. [Tribune]
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.
The council is expected to approve a special mail in ballot election for Aug. 30 at next Tuesdays council meeting.
The police union filed a request on Monday seeking an injunction that would prohibit the San Luis Obispo City Council from taking any action regarding the two measures.
On Tuesday, Judge Charles Crandall continued the case to next Monday so that he could have time to read through documents filed by both the union and the city.
On May 3, the union filed a civil suit alleging the city is ignoring its obligations to the city and that the council’s decision to put the cost saving measures on the ballot violates rules.
City attorney Christine Dietrick argues the ballot measures do not go against collective bargaining requirements that the city must abide by.