Over the past year there’s been several letters of understanding between the City and various unions. These are not cheap not for the City. How I understand it is something like this after a contract is negotiated and signed its then closed until the agreed upon date for it to be opened and renegotiated. If the City goes to one of the unions asking them to make concession before the open up date they call this a letter of understanding. The City did a letter of understanding with the police officers union this was to have them give up their Holiday Pay that they did. What was the price tag for it? Either next year or the following the sweetener that was given to the police union is going to kick in. The City will have to pay and pay big for this who’s thinking about this and who’s making the allowances for the money that’s paid out? This isn’t a hundred thousand this is much more from what I’ve been told.
Maybe it’s just me but the administration sits down and negotiates with these unions and within a few months of the contract being agreed on and signed they go back to them with letters of understanding. Now I could be off on the timing, but I find it hard to believe that at the time of negotiations you would have some indication that you would need these concessions and ask for them then. Going to them with Hat In Hand puts the City at a weaker negotiating position. Making the concessions the City gives larger and more expensive. I guess I’m just not a big fan of these letters of understanding it’s just pushing things down the road to be dealt with later at a higher price tag.