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Adding "diversity goals" to Union Contract Language

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 09:46:49 -0700

Hello Council,

     I'm following up to my public comment yesterday related to union
contracts. This was before your May 13, 2019 closed door session.

     You are apparently negotiating multiple union contracts right now.
First, it would help residents if you presented the *City's initial
bargaining position* so that we can see what the unions are asking for and
what the City is offering in return. That would demonstrate your commitment
to transparency and also allow the public to weigh in with suggestions.

     I also suggest that a *comparative study* be done of *City salaries*
with those in the *private industry*. To me, our management-level staff
seem well paid. I'm concerned about the rank and file. I would like to see
a *City staff diversity study* that includes pay levels grouped by
ethnicity so this can be evaluated.

*Adding Contract Language for Diversity Goals *

     Unions typically come to management to ask for more money and/or
benefits. In return, I suggest that Council strongly advocate for more in
return. The staff, especially at the managment level, seems very white. So,
I ask that Council add goals that would show MP's 1) commitment to
diversity and 2) a series of steps to get there. *Please also add language
that results be tracked and reported annually.* You could also consider
adding contract language for other topics related to your priorities for
evolving the staff organization.

     I'm attaching the handout that I gave you yesterday along with a
link Transparent
California <https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2017/menlo-park/>
which posts salaries. As you can see, the Police overall are the most
highly paid staff in MP. I hope that MP will supply data for 2018 to this
site, which is a helpful data point when considering salary increases.

Lynne Bramlett


Received on Tue May 14 2019 - 09:42:09 PDT

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