The League of Women Voters of Pueblo supports the retention of collective bargaining in the City Charter.
BACKGROUND: The League of Women Voters of Pueblo decided to make a study of the Pueblo City Charter at its annual meeting in April, 1986. The decision was made on the recommendation of one of its members who had been observing the City Council. The study centered on two questions: Does the Pueblo City Charter meet our needs? If not, how should it be changed?
The League of Women Voters of Pueblo supports the retention of collective bargaining in the City Charter. However, the league believes that the bargaining process could be improved by:
- providing training in negotiations for both management and labor;
- allowing negotiating teams latitude in bargaining;
- holding regular, on-going meetings of bargaining teams after negotiations begin;
- issuing only joint press releases during bargaining process;
- including the total compensation package when making comparisons with Colorado cities of at least equal size;
- negotiating 2-3 year contracts
Further, the League believes that if negotiations reach an impasse, the Charter should provide for mediation, either in place of arbitration or as a step prior to arbitration.
The League of Women Voters of Pueblo also proposes that a committee representing a cross-section of the community be appointed to review the Charter. If changes are deemed necessary, revision should be made by the amendment process.