17.00.190     COLLECTIVE BARGAINING      (CALEA 24.1.1)


The Department Command Staff shall maintain a working relationship with the recognized bargaining units for Department personnel.  The City of Bellevue and the Department subscribe to, and practice, the principles of "good faith" collaborative bargaining and shall not engage in unfair labor practices. The Department commits to abide by the ground rules for collective bargaining and to abide, in both letter and spirit, by the negotiated labor agreements signed by the City Manager, management, labor representatives, and ratified by the bargaining units. 


Role of the Department


The rules and regulations that govern public employees’ collective bar­gaining are established in RCW 41.56.  The Chief of Police shall appoint the Deputy Chief of Operations to the City of Bellevue Collective Bargaining Team.  The team, appointed by the City Manager, includes representatives of the City Human Resources Department and the City Legal Department. The City Manager shall appoint the lead negotiator.


Bargaining Units


Members of the bargaining unit(s) consist of those commissioned officers of major, captain, lieutenant, corporal, and police officer rank.  Bellevue Police Support Guild bargaining unit members records specialists, PSO’s, and/or other professional staff.  The Bellevue Police Officers Guild, Bellevue Police Support Guild, and Bellevue Police Management Association represent these members depending on the employee’s affiliation.


Excluded positions include some command level positions, confidential administrative assistants, and other designated personnel. The City of Bellevue H/R policies and the BPD Policy Manual govern the working conditions of these staff members.


The Bellevue Police Officers Guild Bellevue Police Support Guild, and the Bellevue Police Management Association elect representatives to the bargaining process.  The association presidents and boards coordinate the activities of, and select the principal negotiators for labor negotiations.  The attorney(s) retained by the bargaining units are regarded as each Association’s principle negotiator(s).


Pre-Negotiation Guidelines


The nature of collective bargaining requires that pre-negotiation guidelines will be determined through collaboration between the City Attorney, Human Resources Director, the Chief of Police or their designees, and bargaining unit negotiation teams.  The Department is committed to abide by the guidelines it agrees to with the bargaining team.  Pre-negotiation guidelines should attempt to address at a minimum:


v     The size and composition of the respective bargaining teams


v     The compensation of Department members serving as official representatives of their respective bargaining teams


v     The agenda and time schedules for meetings


v     Press release guidelines throughout the bargaining process


v     The method(s) of recording deliberations, if any


v     The methods for introducing issues


v     The methods for resolving conflict


These issues may be addressed, in part, within the content of the existing labor agree­ments.


The Department is committed to abide, in both letter and spirit, by the negotiated labor agreements that have been signed by management and labor repre­sentatives, and ratified by the bargaining unit.


Ratification Responsibilities      (CALEA 24.1.2)


When all parties ratify a negotiated labor agreement, the Chief of Police will obtain a written, signed copy, and review and amend, if necessary, all Department policies so they coincide with the terms of the labor agreement.


Information relative to a new labor agreement and its affect on existing policies will then be disseminated to all employees affected by such agreement, including modifications to existing agreements.


All Command staff, supervisors, and Administrative Secretaries will receive copies of the contracts upon final resolution.


Within 60 days of contract resolution, by signature, those Department policies which conflict with the agreements will be amended to correspond with the contracts.  The review will be conducted by the Command staff, or as selected by the Chief of Police.


Upon the signing of a collective bargaining agreement, the Chief of Police will communicate the terms of the agreement to the Command staff and supervisory staff of those personnel affected by its signing.  Communication may occur through the distribution of copies of the agreement, staff training, or discussion during staff meetings.


Efforts will be made to express the Department's philosophy of ensuring that the terms of the agreement are met in spirit as well as through technical compliance.