City Of Kennewick Collective Bargaining Agreement
There are 10 bargaining groups that represent all district employees: in addition, the board of directors believes that all bargaining meetings involving collective bargaining between the district and one of its unions will be open to the public in order to avoid the potential impression of a secret agreement and reduce the amount of misinformation during negotiations. Opening collective bargaining to the public does not mean that the public will participate in the negotiations, nor will it allow the public to speak, contribute or contribute during the negotiations and may be withdrawn if they disrupt the negotiations. Public respect for collective bargaining does not prevent negotiators from both parties from meeting separately and in private to discuss bargaining tactics, objectives and methods and (ii) for dispute resolution purposes (e.g. B mediation). The Board of Directors encourages and encourages quality and equitable cooperation with district staff. The office recognizes the right of public personnel to join workers` organizations of their choice and to be represented by these organizations in negotiations on these matters and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by law or by agreement of the parties. The negotiator representing the district is recommended by the Superintendent to the Board of Directors and may be either the Superintendent or a delegate to hire. The negotiator advises and informs the Board of the progress of the negotiations and negotiates within the parameters defined by the Board of Directors. Agreements reached by the Chief Negotiator are binding only if they have been formally approved by the Board. The Council recognises that both parties must be ready to participate in open negotiations and instructs the administration to continue the negotiations concluded if a negotiating group is not willing to conduct open negotiations together. The Board of Directors recognizes that collective agreements are among the most expensive contracts negotiated by the District and that taxpayers and workers deserve to know how they will be represented during collective bargaining The Board of Directors will conduct collective bargaining with duly designated bargaining units and respect collective agreements that have been reached with such duly designated bargaining units. The board believes that all documents exchanged between the parties to the negotiations, both the district and the Labour Union, are immediately made available to the public via a district website in order to avoid the potential impression of a covert transaction and to reduce the amount of misinformation during the negotiations. The council strongly believes in the concept of open government.
The board believes that the legislator has declared his beliefs on the importance of transparent government through the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 42.30, which states: « The people of this state do not cede their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people who delegate authority do not give their officials the right to decide what is good for the people and what is not good for them. People insist that they stay informed so that they can keep control of the instruments they have created. » .