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.
In the past few decades parity clauses have become an increasingly common feature of public sector collective bargaining agreements, and a frequent source of tension between public employers and employees.
Parity Clause Examples in San Francisco:
I have researched many contracts and found Parity Clauses in several City and County of San Francisco Collective Bargaining Agreements.
SF Fire Firefighters Local 798 have a Parity Clause in there Collective Bargaining Agreement.
SF Police Officers Association have a Parity Clause in there Collective Bargaining Agreement.
SEIU Institutional Police Officers Association have a Parity Clause in there Collective Bargaining Agreement.
These three examples are examples of smart negotiating. We need stronger and smarter negotiations. We need transparency and communication with the membership before and during negotiations. Our members should now everything that is going on during contract negotiations. In my opinion, NOTHING should be changed or given away without the members knowledge. I believe in Voting on the Tentative Agreements, I believe in open communication, I believe in conducting surveys to see what you are interested in and what you want done.
In closing, I would like to say I am a person with experience, a person you can depend on, a person that will voice the concerns of and represent each and everyone one of you, a person that will put in 110% is the type of person you need in serving as your DSA Vice President.
I would be honored if you would vote for me as your Vice President.