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I would like to address the recent article in which the Monitor gave the county council’s views on the Fact Finders Report in regards to fire fighters raises.
I am a retired captain from LAFD, charter member of IAFF Local 3279, served on five out of the six negotiations between the county and Local 3279, held every elected position within the Local and am currently on the negotiations team.
Chairman (Michael) Wismer states that the council rejected the Fact Finders Report due to lack of analysis by the Fact Finder. As stated by the Fact Finder, the union had the more reasonable proposal. The Fact Finder is charged with choosing one proposal over the other, not blending the two proposals. This process took well over five months with testimony from both sides, supported by written examples, data and facts. I cannot understand how the council can say there was no analysis involved in this decision.
Chairman Wismer also states in the Monitor that he would like to see negotiations move towards a collaborative, “interest based” process. Local 3279 has always supported this style of bargaining. Two bargaining sessions ago the county and Local 3279 used this style of bargaining to great success. The county was the party that moved back to “position based” bargaining.
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