California: Citizens will vote despite allegations of law-breaking

Tue, Oct 25 2011 — Source: San Jose Mercury News

An allegation that the Palo Alto City Council violated state law when it placed a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot to repeal binding interest arbitration for its public safety unions will not be resolved until voters have had their say. The International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319, filed an unfair labor practice complaint in September with the state Public Employment Relations Board, or PERB, claiming that the city was required to “meet and confer” with it before authorizing Measure D. The city says the decision wasn’t subject to the rule, and even if it was, the union had opportunities to provide input.

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