Warwick City Council- (d) All Collective Bargaining Agreements Shall Be Provided To The City Council At Least 30 Days Prior to the First Day of Scheduled Budget Meetings
According to the Warwick City Code of Ordinances, Sec. 2-18. - Ratification of collective bargaining agreements.
(a) No collective bargaining agreement between the City of Warwick and any labor organization shall become effective unless and until ratified by the Warwick City Council.
(b) Each contract, before submission to the city council, shall contain a fiscal note.
(c) At least one public hearing shall be held prior to city council ratification of any collective bargaining agreement.
(Ord. No. O-06-5, § I, 2-15-06)
Editor's note— Ord. No. O-06-5, § I, adopted February 15, 2006, set out provisions intended for use as § 2-17. For purposes of clarity, and at the editor's discretion, these provisions have been included as § 2-18.
Three years ago when new City union contracts were up for renewal, Mayor Scott Avedisian intentionally withheld them from the City Council until the 11th hour. The Warwick City Council voted on and passed the new, 3-year Municipal, Police & Fire union contracts without even completely knowing what was in them. These 3-year City contracts are up for renewal the end of this fiscal year which is this June.
This past year, we have seen and heard the Warwick City Council repeatedly expound on the statement that everything they do will be in the best interests of the Warwick taxpayers. The City Council has introduced new legislation that requires City department heads to be at Council meetings, and for the City Council to be notified when City department heads are hired or fired. The City Council also needs to immediately make amendments to the City Ordinance Code Chapter 2, Article 1, Sec. 2-18 that stipulates all new collective bargaining agreements be provided to the City Council at LEAST 30 days prior to the first scheduled day of City Special Budget Meetings.
This is more than reasonable and should have been the case starting years ago. There is no way a City Council can properly vet a $300 million proposed city budget, along with new 3-year Municipal, Police & Fire contracts just 10 days before voting on them.
It's February, and leaked copies of the proposed Warwick Fire contracts are already out there. Get them in the hands of the City Council with FAIR notice!