Enid To Vote On Amendment To City Charter
Enid voters will head to the polls Tuesday to consider an amendment to the city charter allowing collective bargaining for municipal employees.
The Enid News and Eagle reports that if a majority of voters approve the measure, employees will be able to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and negotiate as a unit.
Workers won't have the ability to strike or slowdown, but if the city and AFSCME can't agree to terms, contract negotiations will go into mediation or arbitration.
City employees previously had the right to bargain collectively after a law passed in 2004 that required cities with more than 35,000 residents to collectively bargain with their employees.
That changed in 2011 when Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation repealing the requirement for cities.
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