Section 19-25 Employee relations.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17442 on 09/16/2002, Section 19-25 read as follows.
(a) The city manager shall have the authority to recommend to the city council
certified elections or other assurances of interest deemed appropriate by the city manager and not
inconsistent with state legislation) recognition of appropriate representative units of employees
with a mutually acceptable community of interest for the purpose of meeting, conferring and
discussing salaries and other conditions of employment which are mutually agreed upon as
proper subjects for such discussions.
(b) The city manager shall designate representatives of the city to meet and
bargaining group representatives.
(c) The city council, as a council or as individuals, shall not, in any manner,
engage in any
form of collective bargaining with employees, employee groups, or employee representatives;
and the city council shall issue instructions on labor relations matters and working agreement
provisions only to the city manager, and the city manager shall keep the council informed of all
developments and potential impacts in a timely manner.
(d) The following timetable is established as a guideline for the meet-and-confer
process. It is
not intended to limit the right of employee groups to present proposals to the city relative to
salaries and other conditions of employment. Neither is it intended to establish absolute
(1) April. Representatives of the city and the
various employee groups may meet to discuss
goals and objectives for the meet and confer process.
(2) May. Representatives of the various employee
groups shall prepare written summaries of
their goals and objectives for the meet-and-confer process. The summaries shall be submitted to
the city council prior to the first meeting in May. At the first regular meeting in May, or at a
work session meeting in May, the various employee groups shall be given the opportunity to
make oral presentations to the council. The city council shall establish policy
guidelines to be followed by the city's representatives during the meet-and-confer process.
(3) May and June.
(4) July. After July 1, any employee group dissatisfied
with the progress of the meet-and-confer sessions may present their views directly to the city council
at a work session meeting.
The council shall meet at least once with the employee group requesting the opportunity of
presenting its views directly to the city council.
(5) August. After August 1, the city's representatives
or any employee group dissatisfied with
the progress of the meet-and-confer sessions may request the services of a mediator from the
federal mediation and conciliation service or any other mediator mutually agreed upon by the
employee group and the city's representative. The cost of any such mediation shall be borne
equally by the employee group and the city.
(6) September. After September 1, if discussions
have reached an impasse, any employee
group or the city's representatives may request the services of a fact finder
chosen by the
employee group and the city's representatives from a list provided by the federal mediation and
conciliation service and chosen by a process of alternate elimination mutually agreed upon
by the employee group and the citys representatives. The cost of any fact-finding shall be
borne equally by the employee group and the city.
(Code 1964, § 22.350; Ord. 12597, § 1, 4-16-90)