Portsmouth Greenlights Collective Bargaining For City Employees — A First In Hampton Roads

PORTSMOUTH — City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution granting city employees the ability to collectively bargain, making Portsmouth the first Hampton Roads city to take that step.

It was approved 4-2, with Mayor Shannon Glover and Council member Mark Whitaker voting against. Council member De’Andre Barnes was absent.

Allowing collective bargaining means workers can negotiate in good faith with city leaders on a labor contract dictating pay, benefits, safety, equipment and working conditions. The scope of what can be bargained would be determined by council members in a future ordinance.

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