It is no secret that Redlands city hall has been negotiating with their seven unions in attempts to lower future labor and benefit costs. Few people realize that the city hired a public sector labor negotiator to strike a deal. Richard Kreisler, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, has been talking with unions behind closed doors for months now. According to city correspondence the city has paid the labor negotiator $128,605.86 to date.
There are only two non-union employee positions which are the city attorney and the city manager. All other public sector city employees belong to one of the seven unions listed below:
Redlands Association of Department Directors
Redlands Association of Management Employees
Redlands Association of Mid-Management Employees
Redlands Civilian Safety Employees
Association General Employees
Association of Redlands (SBPEA) Redlands Professional Firefighters
Association Redlands Association of Fire Management Employees
With unemployment so high don’t unions realize that there are many people eager to work for less? At what point does the city say enough?