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File #: 2020-7692   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 2/18/2020
Title: Recommendation to Approve Eric Levitt, City Manager, Gerry Beaudin, Assistant City Manager, Nancy Bronstein, Human Resources Director, and Alan Cohen, Assistant City Attorney, as Labor Negotiators for the City of Alameda. (Human Resources 2510)
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Recommendation to Approve Eric Levitt, City Manager, Gerry Beaudin, Assistant City Manager, Nancy Bronstein, Human Resources Director, and Alan Cohen, Assistant City Attorney, as Labor Negotiators for the City of Alameda. (Human Resources 2510)
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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

California cities are governed by State law that sets out the rules for conducting negotiations over wages, hours and other working conditions with bargaining units representing public workers. Per the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54957.6, the City Council designates representatives to participate in closed session with the City Council to discuss labor negotiations with certain unions and unrepresented employees. These discussions with City Council in closed session allow staff to conduct the City's labor relations in a confidential manner. Staff recommends Eric Levitt, City Manager, Gerry Beaudin, Assistant City Manager, Nancy Bronstein, Human Resources Director, and Alan Cohen Assistant City Attorney be designated as labor negotiators for the City of Alameda (City).

BACKGROUND

The City has nine labor groups and administers two compensation plans. This includes four Public Safety groups, five miscellaneous groups and two unrepresented miscellaneous group. Labor agreements with the four Public Safety groups expire in December of 2021. Labor Agreements with all miscellaneous groups expire in June of 2022. While the City is currently in contract with all labor groups from time to time issues arise that require the direction of City Council. Designating a list of negotiators will allow the City to seek direction from City Council in closed session.

DISCUSSION

California Government Code Section 3500 et seq., commonly known as the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, provides that public employees have a right to organize and bargain collectively with local government employers over wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. ...

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