Strong and Smart Contracts

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We need stronger and smarter contracts.  We are getting beaten at contract negotiations every time.  Take a look at these news excerpts about other union contracts. The salaries of San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies are at least 7 percent higher than those of deputies in eight other Bay Area counties, and they’ll receive a 3 […]

Achieving Parity Pay

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Parity clauses’ historically have been included in collective negotiation agreements between municipal employers and public employee unions, particularly those involving police and firefighter’s unions. By maintaining recognizable relationships between the levels of compensation afforded various occupations, parity clauses were used as an aid to negotiators, arbitrators and political officials in calculating the salaries of municipal employees.

Why didn’t We VOTE on the Tentative Agreements?

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Why didn’t We VOTE on the Tentative Agreements in 2014? California Government Code 3505.1. If a tentative agreement is reached by the authorized representatives of the public agency and a recognized employee organization or recognized employee organizations, the governing body shall vote to accept or reject the tentative agreement within 30 days of the date it […]

How does Arbitration Work?

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Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts, wherein the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons (the “arbitrators”, “arbiters” or “arbitral tribunal”), by whose decision (the “award”) they agree to be bound. It is a settlement technique in […]

Staffing Level Change

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What Happened to the Staffing Levels?  So let’s look at the documents.  In the 2012 – 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement, paragraph 82 and 83 stated the following.  See SFDSA CBA 2012 – 2014 In the 2014- 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement, it had been removed and changed, paragraph 90 states the following.  See SFDSA CBA 2014 – 2017 […]