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Contract Negotiations
- These are the negotiations that occur prior to the expiration of a union contract. The negotiations include any proposed changes to the terms of the existing contract as well as any new items proposed by either the City or the Union. For example, contract negotiations include wage increases, benefit changes or other proposed changes to terms of the contract. Note: If an agreement cannot be reached through negotiations with the police and fire unions, the terms of a new contract are decided through binding arbitration.

Demand to Meet & Confer (negotiate) - Is when a union demands to negotiate over an action proposed to be taken by the City. Note: When the City is required to negotiate with the police or fire unions over a particular issue, if an agreement cannot be reached, the matter is decided through binding arbitration.

Contract Grievance - Includes disputes between the City and a union based upon the grievance procedure in the union contract. Most union contracts define a grievance as a dispute regarding the interpretation or application of the terms of the contract or the interpretation or application of the Employer-Employee Resolution (#39367). Note: Grievances listed are Step III & Step IV grievances

Grievance Steps

Presented To

Step I Immediate Supervisor
Step II Department Director

Step III

Office of Employee Relations (on behalf of the City Manager)
Step IV Arbitration (if applicable)

Complaints filed with Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) - The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) is a state agency charged with the responsibility of administering the collective bargaining statutes covering employees of California local public agencies. This Board, comprised of five members is empowered to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices and interpret and protect the rights and responsibilities of employers, employees and employee organizations. In certain situations, Unfair Practice Charges (UPCs) can be filed with PERB.

Lawsuits - Some labor relations issues may involve litigation.

View Citywide labor relations information.


Current Contract Negotiations

Union Subject/Topic

Summary

IBEW New Union Contract Negotiations are in session.


Current Demands to Meet and Confer
Union Subject/Topic

Summary of Issue

 All City Charter - Proposed Modifications Related to Retirement Benefits For additional information click here.
 OE3 Duties Assigned to Park Rangers  The union demanded to meet and confer over additional duties assigned to Park Rangers.


Other
Union Subject/Topic

Summary of Issue


Retiree Healthcare Stakeholder Solutions Working Group
The nine Federated bargaining units, a representative of Unit 99 and a Federated retiree representative are participating in a Retiree Healthcare Working Group.


Current Contract Grievances (Step III & Step IV)
Union Subject/Topic Summary of Issue
IAFF    High Deductible Plan
(Kaiser 1500 Plan)
The union filed a demand for immediate arbitration regarding the High Deductible Plan (Kaiser 1500 Plan) for retirees.
 POA Sick Leave Payout  Grievance regarding the interpretation and application of Sick Leave Payout.
 POA Standby Pay for CRU  Grievance regarding Standby Pay for the Covert Response Unit (CRU).  


Current Complaints filed with Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
Union Subject/Topic Summary of Issue
AEA Ballot Measure Negotiations The union filed an unfair practice charge related to ballot measure negotiations.
AMSP Ballot Measure Negotiations The union filed an unfair practice charge related to ballot measure negotiations.
CAMP Ballot Measure Negotiations The union filed an unfair practice charge related to ballot measure negotiations.
CEO & MEF Retirement Negotiations and Impasse The union filed an unfair practice charge related to retirement negotiations and impasse.
IAFF Retirement Reform and Ballot Measure Negotiations The union filed an unfair practice charge related to retirement reform and ballot measure negotiations.
MEF Discipline An individual filed an unfair practice charge related to their discipline.
OE3 Ballot Measure Negotiations The union filed an unfair practice charge related to ballot measure negotiations.
OE3 Park Ranger Recognition The union filed an unfair practice charge with PERB related to the City's denial of their petition for Park Rangers to be recognized as a separate bargaining unit.


Current Lawsuits
Union Subject/Topic Summary of Issue
IFPTE,
Local 21
Measure B     The union filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory injunctive relief and a petition for writ of mandate/prohibition or other appropriate writ relief.
AFSCME, Local 101 Measure B The union filed a lawsuit against the City related to Measure B.
IAFF Measure B The union filed a lawsuit against the City related to Measure B.
OE3 Measure B The union filed a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief and a petition for writ of mandate/prohibition or other appropriate writ relief.
POA Measure B The union filed a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief and a petition for writ of mandate/prohibition or other appropriate writ relief.
POA  High Deductible Plan The union filed a writ regarding the High Deductible Plan (Kaiser 1500 Plan) for retirees.
     For additional information on Measure B litigation, please click here.