Labor Relations Background
The City of Novato has six (6) recognized labor unions that represent approximately 165 employees. There are 31 employees that are non-representated and constitute two (2) additional groups and there are two (2) employees on employment contracts. The City negotiates compensation and other aspects of employment for the members of these employee groups through the collective bargaining process. This process is governed by State law known as the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act or “MMBA” (California Government Code Section 3500, et seq.) Among other elements of the collective bargaining process, the MMBA sets forth requirements for:
- the duty to bargain in good faith on matters within the scope of representation;
- mandatory subjects of bargaining, including wages, hours and other employment terms and conditions;
- impasse and fact finding to resolve disputes.
This is a legally binding contract on the parties. The terms and conditions of employment and any modifications agreed to by the parties are set forth in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The duration of the MOU is anywhere from one year to several years in length, depending on what has been negotiated.
2019 Labor Negotiations Status
|2019 Labor Negotiations Status|
|Unit A - Novato Police Managers’ Association||Tentative Agreement (June 18, 2019)|
|Unit B - Novato Police Association||Tentative Agreement (June 24, 2019)|
|Unit C - SEIU Mid-Managers||Tentative Agreement (August 7, 2019)|
|Unit D - SEIU General Employees||Tentative Agreement (August 7, 2019)|
|Unit E - Engineers||Tentative Agreement (August 14, 2019)|
|Unit F - Confidential Group||Tentative Agreement (August 19, 2019)|
|Unit G - Exempt Management Group||In Progress|
|Unit H - Novato Police Civilian Employees’ Association||Tentative Agreement (July 11, 2019)|
The current six (6) MOUs and the resolutions for the two non-union groups are scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019. The City Labor Negotiations team received authorization from the City Council in April 2019 to initiate labor negotiations with each group to discuss successor MOUs and resolutions.
The chart below identifies the City’s six (6) recognized bargaining units. It also identifies two (2) non-unionized groups of employees whose employment terms and conditions are negotiated through the MMBA process, but without a designated representative. The terms and conditions of their agreement is approved by City Council resolution rather than by a negotiated MOU. A copy of each fully executed MOU and City Council resolutions are available on the City's website, novato.org.