[Excerpt] Sjoberg Evashenk Consulting and Cornell University have completed a study of the City of Los Angeles’ labor negotiation policies, processes and practices, under contract with the City Controller’s Office. The objectives of the study are to:
• Review negotiations executed within the last three years for "lessons learned," as well as review negotiations currently underway.
• Evaluate and "map" the City’s current collective bargaining process.
• Conduct a nationwide search for promising practices the City could incorporate into the collective bargaining process.
• Evaluate the fiscal impacts of labor negotiations.
• Evaluate the role of and incentives for each party in the process.
• Evaluate the labor-management relationships outside of the bargaining process.
• Identify opportunities for improving labor-management relations.
Cornell University addressed the City’s current labor relations process and identified areas for improvement or consideration (Sections I and III), while Sjoberg Evashenk Consulting focused on the financial implications of the City’s collective bargaining practices (Section II).
Cornell ILR faculty who contributed their time to this study include: Associate Dean Suzanne Bruyere, Marcia Calicchia (Project Lead), Lou Jean Fleron, Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean Lois S. Gray, Dean Harry Katz, Sally Klingel, Peter Lazes, Tom Quimby, Jane Savage, Rocco Scanza, Scott Sears, and Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs Ronald Seeber. Pam Strausser in Cornell’s Office of Human Resources and Mildred Warner in Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning also provided invaluable assistance.