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News - February 23, 2018

Palo Alto seeks disclosures in labor talks

Four council members propose ideas for making negotiations more public

by Gennady Sheyner

In an effort to make traditionally secretive labor negotiations less so, four members of the Palo Alto City Council are proposing a policy that would publicize every offer and counteroffer in the city's discussions with its employee unions.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 21, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Marie is a registered user.

Yes. This proposal has my full support.

Posted by Stew Pid
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Now watch the unions come out of the woodwork in droves.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 22, 2018 at 1:28 am

To the extent practicable, Council might also consider directing the City Manager to make do with existing staff. At the very least Council should exercise its discretion to not approve the management positions that require Council approval. It doesn't make sense that a city the size of Palo Alto needs a City Manager w/a salary that is higher than the governor's (presumably b/c it reflects capability) AND an arguably over-sized and highly compensated management team (again, presumably b/c of capability) AND a robust roster of consultants. I get that we have huge problems to solve but no amount of personnel is going to result in solutions; that is going to require several painful, fundamental shifts in how we do things, starting with curbing office development.

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