SLO voters to decide on binding arbitration
May 18, 2011
Facing a $4.4 million shortfall in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Council voted 4-1 with Councilman John Ashbaugh casting the lone dissenting vote, for the August special election.
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 mandate resulted in police officers receiving a 30 percent raise in 2008.