SLO city, police union hit impasse
June 14, 2012
San Luis Obispo’s negotiations with its police officer association have stalled prompting the city to declare that their bargaining efforts are at an impasse. [Tribune]
As a result, negotiations will transition into a more formal process that includes either going into mediation or discussions with the city manager.
Following that, a fact finding hearing allows both sides to ask questions and air concerns. If both sides are not able to reach an agreement, the City Council will make the final decision.
The city is seeking to cut 6.8 percent per employee as a way to balance its current two-year budget.
The union and city leaders have battled over issues of procedures and binding arbitration for several years. City official said they acted legally in bringing the issue to the voters.
In August 2011, more than 70 percent of voters elected to end binding arbitration and to allow the city to change employee retirement benefits without seeking voter approval.
A state agency assigned with administrating union bargaining laws has filed an unfair practices complaint against San Luis Obispo because of city officials alleged failure to meet and confer with members of the police union over binding arbitration
City officials and union negotiators were slated to meet at an informal conference on June 5 to see it they can could reach an agreement. As a result of their failure to come to an agreement, in September or October, a formal hearing will be set by the Public Employment Relations Board.