Measures A and B landslide wins
August 31, 2011
The contentious battle over binding arbitration and benefits between San Luis Obispo city and its safety workers has ended with a landslide victory for the City Council.
A preliminary count of ballots showed that both Measure A and B passed with more than 70 percent of voters in favor.
Measure A allows the City Council to change employee retirement benefits without seeking voter approval. Measure B ends binding arbitration – safety worker’s unions can no longer bring in a third party negotiator if labor talks are at an impasse.
“The working men and women of the San Luis Obispo City Police and Fire Association are grateful that the special election called by the San Luis Obispo City Council has concluded. While we are disappointed with the results of the election we are grateful that this divisive campaign is now behind us and that we can return all of our focus to providing the best public safety possible to the citizens of San Luis Obispo.
“It is important to note that this special election was brought to you by the members of the San Luis Obispo City Council and that throughout the campaign we remained dedicated to our jobs and committed to providing exemplary public safety,” said Erik Baskin, president of the San Luis Obispo Firefighters Association.