Increasingly, the procedural rules of the MMBA are being used to prevent public agencies from making needed changes in the way they do business.
Bargaining season in the public sector is here again, and this year promises to be very challenging. After years of concession bargaining, employee expectations are rising with the economy.
Although things are moving in the right direction, we ain’t there yet.
Even buying the house next to the city manager in the heat of a labor dispute cannot make money appear.
While mandatory fact-finding may further public agency understanding and goals, it’s exactly what local government didn’t need in this era of shrinking budgets.
What all of these emergencies have in common are local and state governments in terrible financial distress.
Questions persist about whether various provisions of the California Labor Code apply to state and local public agencies. This debate is significant because some provisions of state wage and hour laws and the regulations issued under the laws are broader than federal law.