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Menlo Park reaches agreement with employee union

Original post made on Jul 9, 2014

Menlo Park has reached a tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 134 city employees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Clarification Please, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

In August of 2013, the city council voted 4-1 to a one-year contract with only the PMA, which is just the management within the police department. Has there been an agreement with the POA in that time? Does the SEIU contract have anything to do with the PMA contract? Does SEIU have binding arbitration, or is this something only the police have?


Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

The city is still negotiating with the POA. The SEIU also has binding arbitration.


Posted by More Clarification, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 12, 2014 at 12:30 am

This is very difficult to follow. In August of 2013, the Daily Post reported that the council kept binding arbitration for the PMA. In December of 2013, the Almanac reported that council tweaked the arbitration process during contract negotiations with police unions (plural). If the council approved the contract with the PMA and POA in late 2013 (as the Almanac article indicates), the POA contract cannot already be up for negotiation.

[ Almanac: Dec 12, 2013 ] Jeffrey Vasquez, who got his job back despite being fired for getting busted naked with a prostitute in a Sunnyvale motel room, and despite reportedly admitting it was not the first time he'd solicited a hooker for sex. He appealed the termination through binding arbitration and was reinstated with $188,000 in back pay. [ ... ] The Menlo Park City Council tweaked the arbitration process during contract negotiations with police unions this year, yet retained the binding clause. Web Link

[ Daily Post: Aug 29, 2013 ] The Menlo Park City Council has approved a contract with the city's seven police sergeants that keeps binding arbitration, a tool police detective Jeffrey Vasquez used to get his $160, 000-a-year job back after he was arrested on-duty naked in a motel room with a hooker dressed in a catsuit. The council voted 4-1 in favor of the new agreement with Councilwoman Kirsten Keith clearly opposed to keeping the controversial arbitration process.
Vasquez got his job back, plus $188, 000 in back pay... Web Link


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