San Diego’s Managed Competition Set Back
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A labor relations judge has issued a ruling that is a major setback to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ plans to privatize certain city services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The judge ruled the city failed to bargain with its labor unions in good faith, and failed to follow correct procedures to end months of negotiations in 2006.
This means the city may have to put on hold its plans to let private companies bid on trash collection and landscaping contracts currently done by city employees.
Joan Raymond, President of the city’s blue collar workers union, says the city must go back to the bargaining table.
And what’s at stake here, is how will the drinking water for the citizens be delivered, how will the trash be collected, how will the potholes be filled? Does the city want the work to be done by private contractors with a profit motive, or by city workers who guarantee their work for life?
Mayor Jerry Sanders blames the legal setback on city attorney Mike Aguirre. Aguirre says his advice was based on the new strong mayor form of government. He plans to appeal.
Alison St John, KPBS news.