“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”
The talks covered a three-hour span at the Sheraton hotel, but the amount of time both sides were in one room actually negotiating totaled only about ten minutes.
The mayor announced he’s going to court to get a judge’s permission to impose the terms of his “final” contract offer. The union says it still wants to negotiate.
The mayor is imposing a sweeping package of changes on non-unionized workers, including a 2½-percent pay raise, changes to overtime, and the possibility of furloughs.
Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.