In the world of local government, however, the issue isn’t really whether there will be new approaches to policing as we know it but what the changes will be.
We already know enough to begin to act, and the longer we delay, the deeper the ultimate cuts.
The question now is whether AB 5 applies to public-sector employees. Let the debate begin.
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.
When bargaining over major changes, the usual advice is harder to follow, the organizational strains are greater, and the consequences of mistakes are direr.
The advent of Assembly Bill (AB) 646, which requires fact-finding after a bargaining impasse, has revived the wage/benefit comparability analysis in the public sector.
Although things are moving in the right direction, we ain’t there yet.
The concept of the nondelegable duty may not be sexy, but it’s basic to democracies.