Agenda Item 17
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Expedited Bill 57-10, Personnel- Collective Bargaining
Government Operations Committee recommendation (3-0): enact the Bill with
Expedited Bill 57-10, Collective Bargaining Impasse Procedures, sponsored by Council
Vice President Ervin, Council President Floreen, and Councilmembers Andrews, Berliner,
Eirich, Knapp, Navarro, Trachtenberg, and Leventhal, was introduced on November 23,2010. A
public hearing was held on December 7, 2010 followed later that afternoon by a Government
Operations Committee worksession.
Interest arbitration is a method of resolving disputes over the terms and conditions of a
new collective bargaining agreement. Grievance arbitration is a method of resolving disputes
over the interpretation or application of an existing collective bargaining contract. County
Charter §510 requires the Council to enact a collective bargaining law for police officers that
includes interest arbitration. Charter §510A requires the same for fire fighters. Charter §511
authorizes, but does not require, the Council to enact a collective bargaining law for other
County employees that may include interest arbitration or other impasse procedures. All of these
Charter provisions require any collective bargaining law enacted by the Council to prohibit
strikes or work stoppages by County employees. The Council has enacted comprehensive
collective bargaining laws with interest arbitration for police (Chapter 33, Article V), fire
fighters (Chapter 33, Article X), and other County employees (Chapter 33, Article VII).
All 3 County collective bargaining laws require final offer by package arbitration
requiring the arbitrator to select the entire final offer covering all disputed issues submitted by
one of the parties.
The arbitrator is a private sector labor professional jointly selected by the
Executive and the union. The arbitration award becomes the final agreement between the
Under standard arbitration, the arbitrator is free to create a final package based upon the evidence introduced by
the parties at the hearing, including a compromise between the positions of the parties on each disputed issue. Final
offer by issue arbitration requires the arbitrator to select the final offer of one party on each disputed issue.