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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

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