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City of Lodi negotiating in bad faith, employee groups say

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Thu Dec 22, 2011.

Representatives from five Lodi city employee groups accused city negotiators on Wednesday of bargaining in bad faith by adding what they termed some "non-economic" items.

However, employee representatives wouldn't say what those non-economic items are.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:59 am on Fri, Dec 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Roy stated...I would like to see the couincil award more work projects to the private sector...

    I would too, but I am not sure that will help. If I am not mistaken, prevailing wage laws of bids require private sector companies to increase the price of their bids if the bid is based on wage and benefits that the unions pay. This is what helps the union to charge much more for their services and still be able to get the bid. I have stories of real situations from over the years that would make a person's jaw drop... The Davis–Bacon Act is no friend to free market competition or the tax payer.

  • roy bitz posted at 8:23 pm on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    What do these folks mean "the council is negotiating in bad faith"?
    I agree Darrel---the concessions seem insignificant.
    I would like to see the couincil award more work projects to the private sector--- reduce the the head count ( fixed overhead) of city employees.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:26 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    For example, employees have already agreed to several concessions, including eliminating the city's match to a retirement plan similar to a 401(k), no longer cashing out overtime hours and selecting the lowest-cost medical plan.
    Every bargaining group in the city has also agreed to pay some of their pension costs, ranging from 1 percent to 7 percent. Previously, the city paid all of the employee and employer share of pension costs for all employees.

    Unbelievable... these union reps perceive that have negotiated appropriate reductions. They think they have given their fair share up... In my view, they have not even scratched the surface. If you measure the increase in wage, benefits and retirement increases in the last 15 years, then subtract the massive reduction in tax revenue in the last 5 years, they are way ahead of the game. They could cut benefits and wages by 30% and still be ahead. They are living in a fantasy.

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