City Announces Suspension of Collective Bargaining with the Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association – Local Union 936
The City of Corpus Christi announced the suspension of collective bargaining negotiations with the Corpus Christi Firefighters Association – Local Union 936 today. The suspension comes after violations which constitutes negotiating in bad faith and engaging in unfair labor practices by the Union.
The City noted in a letter requiring the Union to cease and desist that the Union is currently engaging in activities, conduct and campaigns including but not limited to the “Hero Campaign”, signs, billboards, social media, postings and comments, social media pages, misleading public comments and media comments, town hall meetings and misrepresentations that are directly addressing issues that are subject of the current collective bargaining sessions between the City of Corpus Christi and Union. “The Union has clearly violated the contract, ground rules and has engaged in unfair labor practices,” said City Manager Ron Olson. “These actions unfairly impact operations of the City which unnecessarily result in a financial impact to taxpayers,” added Olson.
The City cited the direct violations in the existing Agreement Between The City of Corpus Christi and The Corpus Christi Firefighters’ Association August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2014 (page 21, Article VII, Section 2) and the Ground Rules of the 2014 Collective Bargaining Negotiations Between the City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Firefighters Association – Local 936 (Ground Rule #9). “All negotiations shall be conducted exclusively between the designated bargaining representatives of the City and the Union. Neither party shall many any effort to bypass such representatives of the other party during collective bargaining for a new contract unless an impasse exists as defined in section 174.152 of the Texas Local Government Code, V.T.C.A.”
To find out more about negotiations including the contract, ground rules and proposals visit www.cctexas.com/government/city-fire-negotiations.