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 https://www.scribd.com/book/316119397 In the 2014- 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement, it had been removed and changed, paragraph 90 states the following.  See SFDSA CBA 2014 – 2017 […]

Contract Take Aways

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This month, I have been doing in depth review of our current contract.  My interest in doing this was peaked by a couple conversations.  One conversation was over the Staffing Level, when one member stated that the Staffing Level control in our contract was given away and another member stated it had not changed.  The […]

The Power of Ballot Initiatives

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Several months ago, I remember someone saying that “there are people that criticize the association, yet the same people that criticize the association do nothing.” I am a type of person that likes to see effective change that benefits the deputies and I have shared ideas with association presidents past and present. I have been attending many […]

My Experience

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My Experience: I have pretty much been involved in law enforcement all of my life.  I started out in my younger days as a store investigator where I investigated internal and external thefts.  I became one of the top investigators having some of the highest amount of arrests.  This was one of my most favorite jobs […]