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S.D. Council To Consider Impasse In Managed Competition

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The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the issue of outsourcing city services at its meeting Tuesday. Voters approved a proposition calling for managed competition in 2006 but negotiations over how the city should go about it have stalled since then.

— The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the issue of outsourcing city services at its meeting Tuesday. Voters approved a proposition calling for managed competition in 2006 but negotiations over how the city should go about it have stalled since then.

The Mayor’s office has been negotiating with Local 127 and the Municipal Employees Association about creating a guide for managed competition in the city. But the talks haven’t produced any results.

The city council will now decide whether to declare an impasse in negotiations. The council can either impose the Mayor’s offer on the unions or order talks to continue. Outsourcing can not legally include police, fire and lifeguard services or certain positions required in the city charter. But services such as trash pick up or maintenance can be outsourced.

Labor groups fought for the right to bid against private contractors. But in a recent opinion City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the Mayor does not have to ask city departments if they can lower the cost of their services before approaching a contractor.

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The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the issue of outsourcing city services at its meeting Tuesday. Voters approved a proposition calling for managed competition in 2006 but negotiations over how the city should go about it have stalled since then.

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