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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Proposition 1 (Transparency)

What is collective bargaining?


Definition of collective bargaining: negotiation between an employer and a labor union [collective bargaining unit] usually on wages, hours, and working conditions “Collective Bargaining.” Def.1. merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Web. May. 2019.




Is government collective bargaining open to the public in other states?


Yes! In fact, in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, collective bargaining is open to the public and in many of these states its a strict requirement.




Why is government collective bargaining not open to the public in Washington State?


It legally can be and in fact should be. However, due to a special deal struck nearly two decades ago creating a loophole that exempts collective bargaining from the Open Public Meetings Act, leaving the decisionto open talks to the public to each governing jurisdiction in the State.




Have any other local governments in Washington State mandated that these talks be open to the public?


Yes! Lincoln County in 2016; Pullman School District in 2017; Ferry County in 2017; Kittitas County in 2017; Spokane County in 2018; and Kennewick School District in 2019. All were approved by the local Council's, School Boards, or Commissions.




Why does it matter if the public can observe?


Democracy dies in darkness. When the public is shutout they can no longer adequately and appropriately hold their elected officials accountable and local workers can't hold their negotiators accountable either. This is about fairness and transparency. Millions of dollars are negotiated in these secret talks and the public has a right to know what promises were made, what deals (good and bad) were turned down by either side. When talks don't produce an agreeable contract as has happened in Spokane where the Police Guild contract has been in negotiation for three years, the public can't hold anyone's feet to the fire without having access to all of the information.





Proposition 1 (Transparency)

What is collective bargaining?


Definition of collective bargaining: negotiation between an employer and a labor union [collective bargaining unit] usually on wages, hours, and working conditions “Collective Bargaining.” Def.1. merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Web. May. 2019.




Is government collective bargaining open to the public in other states?


Yes! In fact, in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, collective bargaining is open to the public and in many of these states its a strict requirement.




Why is government collective bargaining not open to the public in Washington State?


It legally can be and in fact should be. However, due to a special deal struck nearly two decades ago creating a loophole that exempts collective bargaining from the Open Public Meetings Act, leaving the decisionto open talks to the public to each governing jurisdiction in the State.




Have any other local governments in Washington State mandated that these talks be open to the public?


Yes! Lincoln County in 2016; Pullman School District in 2017; Ferry County in 2017; Kittitas County in 2017; Spokane County in 2018; and Kennewick School District in 2019. All were approved by the local Council's, School Boards, or Commissions.




Why does it matter if the public can observe?


Democracy dies in darkness. When the public is shutout they can no longer adequately and appropriately hold their elected officials accountable and local workers can't hold their negotiators accountable either. This is about fairness and transparency. Millions of dollars are negotiated in these secret talks and the public has a right to know what promises were made, what deals (good and bad) were turned down by either side. When talks don't produce an agreeable contract as has happened in Spokane where the Police Guild contract has been in negotiation for three years, the public can't hold anyone's feet to the fire without having access to all of the information.





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