City Guilty Of ‘Direct Dealing’ In Offering Retiring Incentive

The City of Newark and the Newark Police Superior Officers’ Associa­tion (SOA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City experienced a dramatic reduction in revenue collections, including property, parking, and payroll taxes, as well as utility payments, permits, and licenses. In addition, the City had unexpected costs for workers and residents, including approximately $6,330,000 in costs for medical supplies, personal…

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Chief’s Questions And Statements During Roll Call Amount To Illegal “Direct Dealing”

Ibrahim Michael Baycora is Paterson, New Jersey Police Department’s Chief of Police. The City has bargaining agreements with the Paterson PBA Local 1 (PBA) and Paterson PBA Local 1 Superior Officers Association (SOA). Baycora attended the October 27, 2020 joint negotiations session with the PBA and SOA as a member of the City’s negotiating team. Baycora was fairly outspoken about his concerns with the labor agreements. He accused the…

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Not Improper ‘Direct Dealing’ For Negotiators To Have Sidebar Discussion

Tom Jamison works for the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District in Florida. Jamison filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the District alleging that Tom McQueen, an elected commissioner of the District, engaged in improper “direct labor negotiation discussions” via Facebook Messenger with Bobby Sullivan, a member of the negotiation team for Local 1158 of the International Association of Firefighters which represents the District’s firefighters. Sullivan admitted…

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