Condon To Council: 'Wait On Local 270 Contract' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Condon To Council: 'Wait On Local 270 Contract'

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mayor-Elect David Condon sent out a memo to Spokane's City Council urging the council to not adopt a new contract for Local 270. His memo can be read below:

David Condon's Memo To Spokane City Council:

December 10, 2011
Joe Shogan
Spokane City Council President
808 W Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201


Council President and Current Members of Council:


We urge the current City Council to not adopt a new contract for Local 270 but to wait so the newly elected members of the Council and the new Mayor can have a voice in the decision.


It runs against the long American tradition of political fairness to have a lame duck Mayor and lame duck Council adopt a multi-million dollar contract effecting a thousand employees when there is less than a month left to their terms. The 4-year contract would limit the options of the new Administration and Council at a time when flexibility is needed.


Our City has a structural deficit that cannot be papered over. The Mayor and Council will need to look at every option to bring the City to a sustainable, balanced budget. Other cities have gone bankrupt and we cannot let that happen to us.

We believe in collective bargaining and believe that the union should have a say in the decisions that will be needed moving forward. Rigid work rules can lead to lay-offs as managers are deprived of the flexibility needed to reduce costs. Locking in work rules and benefit packages deprives both the workers and Administration of a forum for discussing and resolving new challenges and opportunities.


No contract can create money out of thin air. Our goal is to provide superb city services from employees who are paid good salaries, fair benefits and have good working conditions. No piece of paper will eliminate the need for creativity, flexibility, and innovation in the years ahead.
Can it really be possible that a contract that is good for union members and the taxpayers cannot wait three weeks and withstand the scrutiny of a new Council and new Mayor?


This last minute, rushed, and unnecessary contract short-circuits the process needed in the months ahead and short-changes both the Administration and the employees of our City.


Signed,
David Condon – City of Spokane Mayor-Elect
Nancy McLaughlin – Spokane City Council, District 3, Position 2
Steve Salvatori – Spokane City Council Elect, District 3, Position 1
Michael Fagan – Spokane City Council-Elect, District 1, Position 1
Michael Allen – Spokane City Council-Elect, District 2, Position 1

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-12-21 19:36:25 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>
  • Human remains found at Coeur d'Alene construction site

    Human remains found at Coeur d'Alene construction site

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 1:01 PM EST2018-11-14 18:01:49 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police have confirmed with KHQ that human remains were found near 8th and Mullan Tuesday night.  The remains were found by a construction worker who alerted police Tuesday night. New apartments are being built on the site.  Police did not have any additional details to release.  This is a developing story. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police have confirmed with KHQ that human remains were found near 8th and Mullan Tuesday night.  The remains were found by a construction worker who alerted police Tuesday night. New apartments are being built on the site.  Police did not have any additional details to release.  This is a developing story. 

    >>
  • Santa Clara Police expanding resources in attempt to locate missing Spokane man

    Santa Clara Police expanding resources in attempt to locate missing Spokane man

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-11-15 00:48:21 GMT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/