Much attention is paid to what public employers need to do at the bargaining table in order to be successful. The ever-critical work that should be completed well before the first day of bargaining, however, is often neglected. Much can be done long before the first bargaining session to ensure success. This session shares the best practices for laying the groundwork for a successful bargain. Specifically, we will address how to develop an effective (and legal) communications strategy, how to get clear, actionable authority from your governing body and how to define each bargaining team member’s role.
- A method for determining who should be on the bargaining team and what their roles should be
- What data about the public employer should be collected and what format it should be in; and
- Tips for dealing with Boards/Commissions. The lead negotiator should obtain clear, written, actionable authority from the Board and clearly define what the Board’s role in negotiations is.
For more information and to register, visit Association of Washington Cities' website.