Collective Bargaining [1973].



SUPPORT OF:  Measures which regulate collective bargaining in the public sector including a limited right to strike with adequate provisions for mediation and arbitration.

  1. A single state comprehensive public labor management relations law with local option covering all state and local employees.
  2. Public employees having a limited right to strike under the following conditions (police, firemen, prison guards could not strike under any condition.
  1. It be demonstrated that collective bargaining in good faith had taken place.

  2. Impasse procedures such as mediation and fact-finding had been completely utilized.

  3. A designated number of days had elapsed since a fact-finding board had made public its findings and recommendations.

  4. The union give notice of intent to strike.

  5. If the strike endangers public health or safety, the court or regulatory agency could intervene.

  6. If arbitration is utilized, a strike is legal if the public employer or legislative body has failed to implement the arbitration award.

  1. Constitutional protection for the Merit principle; details of the system provided for by statutes, not included in the constitution.
  2. Adoption of a local ordinance or executive order setting forth a labor management relations policy for city employees and establishing orderly procedures for administering the policy and dealing with disputes. 
  3. Compulsory arbitration when impasse persists for employees forbidden to strike. [1982].


OPPOSITION TO: Unlimited right to strike by public employees.