The City of Rancho Palos Verdes Labor Negotiations The City of Rancho Palos Verdes City Manager Department



Creation of the RPV Employee Association

The Rancho Palos Verdes Employees Association (Association) filed a petition, dated October 4, 2011, requesting recognition as an employee organization representing the City's approximately 40 non-management, full-time employees. On October 18, 2011, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2011-85, formally recognizing the Association. Subsequently, on February 21, 2012, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2012-14, approving an agency shop agreement between the City and the Association. California public sector labor law, as applicable to cities, expressly provides for the establishment of an agency shop in a bargaining unit represented by a union recognized as the exclusive representative. The exclusive representative has an obligation to represent all employees in the unit. An agency shop requires unit employees to either join the union or to pay a service fee for representation.

Baseline Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

A baseline MOU for the City Employees Association (CEA) was approved by the City Council on February 18, 2014 with the adoption of Resolution No. 2014-09. The baseline MOU is a compilation of all existing City documents, policies, resolutions and rules that pertain to existing working conditions, salaries and benefits of the City employees over the last forty years.

"OPEN" Labor Negotiations Ordinance

The City Council adopted the Open Public Employee Negotiations ("OPEN") Ordinance on May 6, 2014. The Ordinance, which goes into effect on June 7, 2014, requires transparent negotiations between the City and any employee labor organization. The City is currently in negotiations with the Rancho Palos Verdes Employees Association, which represents all non-management staff members. Modeled in part after ordinances previously adopted by the Cities of Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa, the OPEN Ordinance is intended to increase transparency through the following provisions:

• A fiscal impact analysis by the City's Department of Finance of all written proposals, made either by the City or the labor organization, which would then be reviewed by an independent certified public accountant.

• The City's lead negotiator will not be a City employee.

• Written "meet and confer" proposals that have been rejected by either side and are no longer being considered will be posted on the City's website along with their corresponding fiscal analyses.

• A decision to adopt or amend a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a labor organization will be placed on two City Council meeting agendas at least two weeks apart and cannot be adopted on the consent calendar.

• Any proposed MOU or subsequent amendment will be posted on the City's website at least seventy-two hours in advance of the City Council meeting at which it will be considered.

Employee Classification and Compensation Study

The City last conducted an employee compensation survey in 2010. The City has not conducted a comprehensive classification study in over 20 years, although Staff has made some classification updates, on an individual basis, based on the needs of the City. As an industry standard, it is a recommended practice to periodically review and update personnel classifications and compensation levels. As the City is currently negotiating with the City's Employee Association, it is pertinent to determine whether the City's defined classifications and compensation levels are set appropriately with similarly-sized and geographically local communities. Therefore, on May 14, 2014, the City Council directed staff to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a classification and total compensation, including benefits, study for all full-time and part-time personnel. The study is expected to be completed by early fall 2014.


Resolution No. 2011-85, Acknowledging the Rancho Palos Verdes Employee Association
Resolution No. 2012-14, Agency Shop Agreement
Resolution No. 2014-09, Baseline Memorandum of Understanding
Ordinance No. 556, OPEN Labor Negotiations Ordinance
Employee Classification and Compensation Study staff report and draft RFP