So who has the right to negotiation with the unions in the City? Someone sure thinks they have that rights and it’s not the Mayor. This is a person who thinks that they can take matters into their own hands , no matter how the City works, and meet with the AFSCME union to negotiate with them. The CITY CLERK has no authority to meet with the union and was trying to go behind the backs of the administration to discuss with AFSCME the new position that he is hoping to create. This has never been done that a Union Position is joined with a non-union tested civil service position. The Council secretary is in the union, the Deputy position is a civil service position and an extensive testing process, with interviews conducted with clerks outside of our City. The Administration got word that the Clerk wanted to meet with the union to work out a deal with them. As you can imagine, the Mayor put a stop to it and right so. Does the Clerk think that with his new title he is able to throw out all rules that have been in place since the beginning. Talk about a title going to one’s head. You are still a mortal, Mr. Clerk.
There has been a process in place for negotiation with the unions and I don’t believe that you are included in that. Although, you seem to think that you can do anything you please because you were ELECTED. WRONG.
Here are the duties of the Clerk according to our city charter:
The City Clerk shall be Clerk of the Council and shall attend all meetings of the Council and keep a permanent journal of its proceedings in the English language;
He shall keep a record of all ordinances, resolutions, and actions of the Council;
He shall have power to administer all oaths required by State Law, this Charter and the ordinances of the City;
He shall be custodian of the City seal, and shall affix it to all documents and instruments requiring the seal, and shall attest the same;
He shall be the custodian of all papers, documents, and records pertaining to the City, the custody of which is not otherwise provided for by this Charter;
He shall give the proper officials of the City ample notice of the expiration or termination of any official bonds, franchises, contracts, or agreements;
He shall issue and sign all licenses granted after the license fee has been paid to the City Treasurer, and shall register the same;
He shall possess and exercise the powers of a township clerk so far as the same are required to be performed within the City;
He shall certify by his signature all ordinances and resolutions enacted or passed by the Council;
He shall countersign all warrants in accordance with the provisions of Section 8.9 of this Charter;
He shall perform such other duties as are required of him by State or Federal law, this Charter, the Mayor and the Council or the ordinances of the City.
I understand he’s an elected official so are the Council who don’t meet with or negotiate with any union nor does the Treasurer who is elected. That’s all this City needs each head of department taking it upon themselves to meet with any given union to get something for their department.
The Mayor made it very clear to our City Clerk that he did not approve of what he was asking for. He said that he had asked all of his department heads to put off hiring and to cut as much as they can. To that the Clerk replied, I’m elected and you have nothing to do with my department or my budget. The Mayor can veto his budget so yes he can say something about it he doesn’t have to put the Clerks budget as is in his final budget. The Council who have the final say about this most certainly do not have to approve his budget I expect them as the keepers of the money to make the right decision.