September 12, 2006
Citizen-Initiated Charter Amendment
(relating to collective bargaining by police employees)
Yes 6,395 No 11,898
An amendment to the City Charter granting police officers, community service officers, dispatchers, and certain police supervisors the right to organize and bargain collectively with the City; establishing procedures for collective bargaining regarding compensation, benefits, hours, and other conditions of employment, as well as procedures for deciding unresolved bargaining issues through binding arbitration; authorizing police employees to select a bargaining agent; requiring the City Council to select a panel of arbitrators to resolve impasses; requiring the bargaining agent and the City to equally share the expenses of arbitration; permitting the bargaining agent to reopen and renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement for 2006 and 2007 reached by the City and the Fraternal Order of Police; and prohibiting any reduction in the compensation, fringe benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment for police employees, unless agreed to by the bargaining agent; and prohibiting police employees from withholding services to the City by strike or other method.