Agenda Item 3A
June 21, 2016
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Expedited Bi1l24-16, Collective Bargaining - Impasse Procedures
Expedited Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining - Impasse Procedures - Amendments,
sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President Floreen and Co-Sponsor Rice, is scheduled to be
introduced on June 21,2016. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The County enacted 3 separate collective bargaining laws at different times. The first law
enacted was the Police Labor Relations Law. The law governing general County employees was
enacted second, and the law governing fire and rescue employees was enacted last. The
amendments would make similar changes in each law. The lead sponsor, Council President
Floreen, explained these changes in a June 14 memorandum at ©28-30. The goal of this Bill is to
create a system that encourages the Executive and the union to negotiate sustainable collective
bargaining agreements that can be approved by the Council without resorting to interest arbitration.
Bill 24-16 would amend these laws in the following 6 areas:
The Bill would:
require public disclosure of each party's initial bargaining position on all
require that any evidentiary hearing before the arbitration panel be open to
The purpose of these amendments is to make the collective bargaining process, which
results in wages and benefits that consumes the overwhelming majority of the County
operating budget, more open to the public.
Time for negotiation
The Bill would give the union and the Executive an extra
2 weeks by requiring negotiations to begin on October 15 instead of November 1.
Employer or management rights are those topics that are not
subject to collective bargaining. The Police Labor Relations Law contains 10 listed
employer rights. Each of the other 2 collective bargaining laws has 19 employer