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Flagstaff Collective Bargaining Referendum (May 2010)

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There was a Flagstaff Collective Bargaining Referendum measure on the May 18 ballot in Coconino County for residents in the city of Flagstaff.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 5,841 (48.8%)
  • NO 6,129 (51.2%) Defeatedd[1]

The Flagstaff city council passed a resolution to allow collective bargaining by employees and management and local residents decided to start a petition to get that decision overturned. Residents say they do not see the benefit to them in this resolution and think it will be more costly for them. Most employees in the city have before voted against being allowed to meet and confer. There was a need for 1,253 signatures in order to get the issue onto the May ballot. They had to be turned in by the last week of December in order to be valid.[2]

There were 2,300 signatures turned in before Christmas, more than enough to qualify this measure for the May ballot. Collective bargaining has been repeatedly rejected by employees over the past ten years, many fear that unionized groups, like firefighters, would have advantages over the other employees.[3]

The Mayor, Tuesday February 9, tried to circumvent this ballot measure by getting a city vote, but none would agree to it. Legal issues have abounded around this measure, mostly due to unions but they held strong for this vote. The firefighters union has tried multiple times before to get meet and confer rights, most employees of the city are against it.[4] The firefighter's union has collected $20,235 for their campaign in support of collective bargaining. The main contributors were firefighter groups from around the state, most notably the group in Phoenix and Tucson.[5]

Text of measure

The text of the measure reads as follows:

Proposition 403

A Measure Referred to the People by Referendum No. 2009-01 Relating to Ordinance No. 2009-36: An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, amending the City of Flagstaff Personnel Policies, adding Section 1-10-060, “Meet and Confer”, implementing a process for management and employees to meet and confer in good faith with respect to certain topics such as wages, hours, and other

terms of employment.[6]

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