In the absence of a general manager and human resources manager, collective bargaining for municipal employees is blocked | Local government


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Robertson said a director of human resources would be a key city official involved in collective bargaining, from how to write an ordinance to how to execute the plan.

Local public employees were excluded from collective bargaining for decades until state law was changed.

As a result of this change, local governments and school boards can recognize a union or employee association by ordinance or resolution, but they are not required to do so. The ordinance would describe a group of employees who could be represented by a union, the process of union certification and the subjects that would be negotiated in a contract, among other provisions.

City councilors broadly supported collective bargaining and reiterated that support at Monday’s meeting.

“I want this to happen, grateful as with everything, it’s a lot harder when there’s no city manager, especially a human resources manager for it,” Councilor Michael Payne said.

Payne added that he was keen to get a sense of how much funding is needed, so it can be included in the next budget. The process of developing the budget for the coming year is already underway.

“The goal is to do it for the coming year and not put it off for a year,” he said.

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