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File #: 21-0680    Name: Collective Bargaining Ordinance
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/21/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 2/9/2021 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, General Government, Chapter 5, Officers and Employees, by adding Article E, Collective Bargaining.
Attachments: 1. 21-0680_Attachment 1 Proposed CBO Ordinance - final, 2. 21-0680_Attachment 2 Areas of Agreement - Final, 3. 21-0680_Attachment 3 Areas of Disagreement - final, 4. 21-0680_Attachment 4 Collective Bargaining Subjects - Final, 5. 21-0680_Collective Bargaining Ordinance_Feedback_020921, 6. 21-0680_CBO Presentation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, General Government, Chapter 5, Officers and Employees, by adding Article E, Collective Bargaining.
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ISSUE: Presentation of a draft ordinance to establish collective bargaining between the City and certain City employees.

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and discuss the attached draft ordinance on collective bargaining and determine whether to:

1. Introduce and adopt on first reading the attached draft ordinance establishing collective bargaining between the City and certain City employees and set for second reading, public hearing and final adoption on February 20, 2021

or

2. Provide feedback and guidance to staff on the draft ordinance and request that it be brought back for introduction and adoption on first reading on March 13, 2021

BACKGROUND:

Collective bargaining - the process by which employees negotiate with their employers through a chosen representative to set various contractual terms and conditions of their employment - has its roots in private sector employment with the passage of the National Labor Relations Act in the 1930s. That statute expressly exempts employees of state and local governments from its coverage.

Collective bargaining in the public sector emerged in the 1950s when Wisconsin first extended the right to its public employees. The practice rapidly spread, in varying degrees, from state to state and to the federal government over the years. In fact, the level of public employee collective bargaining has since surpassed the level of private sector collective bargaining with nearly 35% of public e...

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