On Tuesday, September 27th, Alameda City Council will hold a special meeting to receive a presentation on labor negotiations with the City’s bargaining units. Over the past several months, the Council was criticized for granting a contract to Alameda firefighters that was negotiated even as some City Council members accepted campaign contributions from the firefighters union.
In July, Action Alameda News reported that in the first half of the year, Alameda firefighters donated $5,000 to Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam’s City Council campaign, $2,500 to Vice-Mayor Rob Bonta’s City Council campaign, another $1,000 to Mayor Marie Gilmore’s campaign, and $2,000 to Councilmember Beverly Johnson’s campaign.
On June 21st, those same four councilmembers voted to approve a new contract with the firefighters union, IAFF Local 689.
The topics to be covered in the upcoming presentation include employees’ right to representation, the City’s duty to bargain, scope of bargaining, impasse resolution, arbitration, unfair labor practices and a review of how other cities approach labor negotiating.
The City will accept public comment on upcoming negotiations with the Management and Confidential Employees Association, the Alameda City Employee Association, the Police Officers Association (Non Sworn) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Alameda City Council has already approved new contracts for the firefighters and sworn police officers; on September 20th, they will consider an agreement between the City and the Fire Management Association.