Materials presented here provide local agency officials and staff with information about public agency personnel and labor-related matters.
When county or city employees are represented by a union, the agency must negotiate with that union regarding their pay and benefits, working hours, and working conditions.
Typically, the most effective role elected officials can play in the labor relations process is to set key financial and other parameters for the negotiating team.
Salary, healthcare, pensions, leaves and other employment benefits are typically viewed by employees as an important component of the compensation package they receive for their work.
As local officials engage in conversations with their constituents, their bargaining representatives and each other about public pension issues, it can be helpful to have a working understanding of what key terms and concepts mean.