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<br />18:7480 <br /> <br />Wilma Johnson, President of the Arcadia City Employee's Association, <br />stated in part that she had not received all of the salary recommenda- <br />tions, in particular those of the departmental administrators, although <br />permission had been granted by Council for such information. She read <br />in full a communication advising that the association had voted not to <br />accept proposals concerning specific positions and noted the responsi- <br />bilities and job requirements therefor. (Letter filed in the Office of <br />the City Clerk). In answer to questions, Mrs. Johnson replied that <br />with the aforesaid exception the Association was provided with surveys <br />as requested at the June 25 meeting and as to whether or not it was <br />felt management had negotiated in good faith, she stated in part that <br />she was unfamiliar with this procedure but did feel some of the bargaining <br />methods were not proper. <br /> <br />James Corrigan, member of the Police Relief Association, stated in part <br />that it was felt an across the board increase was necessary to maintain 1 <br />the 15 percent differential which had been created about two years ago; <br />that the uniform allowance and paid holidays are low and asked for an <br />adjustment in those two categories. He stated in part that a poll of <br />the membership had rejected the City Managers recommendations and <br />asked for an executive session with the Council. He was advised that <br />the City Attorney had ruled that the Council could not negotiate since <br />it was not a bargaining unit; that it had delegated that responsibility <br />to the City Manager. Mr. Corrigan continued that if the association were <br />denied a careful evaluation of its requests it would not be bargaining <br />in good faith. With reference to the 'comparisons with the 16 cities <br />he stated in part that the association had been met halfway on the salary <br />questions but there were other points to be worked out...fringe benefits, <br />uniforms and the like. <br /> <br />HEARING <br />CLOSED <br /> <br />No one else desiring to be heard, the hearing was CLOSED on MOTION by <br />Councilman Helms, seconded by Councilman Considine and carried unanimously. <br /> <br />In summarizing the proceedings Councilman Hage stated in part that he <br />believes the City Manager had endeavored to bargain in good faith with <br />the various groups; that the City Manager has stated he will study <br />further requests during the corning year and referred to the new Personnel <br />Director who will be devoting full time to personnel review. <br /> <br />The City Council concurred with the views of Councilman Considine who <br />stated in part that the legislative body is proud of the fine record of <br />the police and fire department - all city employees - that it would like <br />to accede to all requests especially as far as salaries are concerned - <br />but there is a practical limit on what a taxpayer can afford to pay and <br />propounded questions to the City Manager who answered in part that with <br />the proposed additions to the budget the city tax rate would remain at <br />$1.05 per $100 assessed valuation. <br /> <br />Councilman Hage then MOVED to APPROVE the joint recommendation of <br />the City Manager with the Local 606-C American Federation of State, <br />County and Municipal Employees, and the joint recommendation of the <br />City Manager with the Arcadia Firemen's Relief Association. Motion <br />seconded by Councilman Considine and carried unanimously. <br /> <br />Councilman Hage further MOVED to APPROVE the salary recommendations 1 <br />as contained in the City Manager's report dated June 24, 1969, plus <br />those contained in the salary recommendations approved in the aforesaid <br />motion. This motion was seconded by Councilman Helms who commented in <br />part that he felt presentations by the employee groups had been made <br />in all sincerity and honesty, but being rather new on Council he was <br />concerned with balancing the interests of the employees and those of <br />the taxpayers. He felt that there is indeed need of a cost of living <br />increase; that the question apparently is whether or not the positions <br />have been properly evaluated in prior years; that serious consideration <br />should be given to a study of the salaries, classifications, incentive <br />pay and other benefits - items that relate to the dollar on the tax <br />roll that each citizen must pay - that with such understanding he <br />confirmed his second to the motion. <br /> <br />6-30-69 <br /> <br />- 2 - <br />