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Why are SLO council members afraid of arbitrator scrutiny?

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Christine Mulholland’s commentary supporting Measures A and B, siding with her fellow Republicrat, accentuates their elitist views (“Repeal binding arbitration in San Luis Obispo,” July 28). Her assertion that the POA and firefighters consider themselves above other “toothless” city employee bargaining units is absurd. If she wants “fairness and equity,” then give binding arbitration to all employees. The Republicrat’s statement feigning support for employee rights only applies to those who know their place and don’t challenge their “betters.”

Her assertion that the arbitration award nixed the neighborhood police patrols is false, as that selling point for Measure Y was scuttled by Romero and company shortly after “Y” was passed, long before the award.

Why are all of the current and recently past council members afraid of the scrutiny of a nonpartisan, independent arbitrator into city financial affairs? Why are these “elected officials” afraid of “fair and equitable” contract negotiations? Now that they have scrapped millions of dollars in services to bring us to only a $4 million annual deficit, the POA award looks larger in comparison.

The fact remains the city could afford the award when it was made. If they can prove we can’t now, let’s have an independent arbitrator verify it.

Vote “NO” on Measures A & B!

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