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 is first considered at a duly noticed public meeting. A decision by the governing body to reject the tentative agreement shall not bar the filing of a charge of unfair practice for failure to meet and confer in good faith. If the governing body adopts the tentative agreement, the parties shall jointly prepare a written memorandum of understanding.
When 1 or more items comes to impasse it is sent to binding arbitration. The Union is exempt from the requirements
of California Government Code 3505.1.
Unions vote to ratify the contract their union has negotiated on their behalf. If they do not like the terms, they can vote the contract down and send the union back to the negotiating table. This does not happen with binding arbitration. Once we go to arbitration, the Arbitration Board’s (consisting of 3 people, 1 neutral person, 1 City person and 1 Union person) word is final, so a vote to reject the contract is out of the question.
What do you think would have happened if we voted on changing the Staffing Minimum language and the removal of Entry and Promotional Qualifications? Would the outcome have been Yes or No?
I am a firm believer in transparency. Our members should know 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 your concerns 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 President.
I would be honored if you would vote for me as your President.