This is the way that public employee contracts should be negotiated Around Town, posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton, on Jul 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
This is the way that public employee contracts should be negotiated - with the opportunity for public input BEFORE the process begins:
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District (MPFPD) and the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, District 10 of I.A.F.F., Local 2400 are working together as partners to make positive changes and improvements which will benefit the firefighters, the District and the Community that we serve. With that commitment in mind, the District has developed a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a starting point to return to the bargaining table. As part of the Fire Board’s transparency policy to the community and their employee’s , this draft MOU, along with related communications, and compensation packages have been posted to the District’s web-site @ Web Link
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton, on Jul 26, 2012 at 8:44 am Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Surprise, surprise!! Here is the union's response - they won't even start negotiations!!
"After reviewing the elements of this draft MOU, Randy and I do not believe your current proposal is a starting point for us. We feel that there are realistically only two courses of actions that we can take. The first is that we participate in an informal mediation through PERB to mediate a starting point at which we could both mutually in good faith start to bargain or continue to wait for the ALJ to administer a ruling which we anticipate in the next 3-4 months."
Thank goodness we have an elected Fire Board that truly represents the citizens whom it serves and won't do the usual thing of starting negotiations by asking the union for a union proposal but has the wisdom to instead put its own proposal on the table first.