Austin City Council to decide firefighter negotiation practices, free income pilot program

Austin City Council to decide firefighter negotiation practices, free income pilot program

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Here’s what we’re watching at the Austin City Council meeting on Thursday. Firefighters Binding Arbitration

Last May, Austin’s firefighters fought for their right to binding arbitration at the ballot box, winning with an overwhelming majority as 81% of voters approved Proposition A.

This measure allowed the firefighters’ union to demand the right to resolve any contractual disputes with an arbitrator — who decides the dispute instead of a court — if contract talks reached a standstill.However, the city’s labor relations office notified the firefighters’ union in February it “won’t be participating in any binding arbitration process,” […]

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