City of Alexandria to Establish Nominating Committee for Collective Bargaining Labor Relations Administrator

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City of Alexandria to Establish Nominating Committee for Collective Bargaining Labor Relations Administrator

­­For Immediate Release: June 9, 2021

On April 17, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to adopt a Public Employee Collective Bargaining Ordinance, allowing unions or associations representing City employees to enter into a collective bargaining contract with the City on matters related to the employees and their employment. The ordinance provides guidance for the process and establishes the appointment of a third-party Labor Relations Administrator to neutrally and effectively administer the City’s collective bargaining process.

The Labor Relations Administrator shall be appointed for a four-year term by the City Manager, with City Council approval, from no more than three nominees. The nominees will be selected by a nominating committee composed of representatives from employee organizations that have notified the City Manager of their interest in representing a bargaining unit, and an equal number of City Manager designees. The City has been notified that each of the following groups are interested in having a representative on the nominating committee: American Federation of State; County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF); International Union of Police Associations (IUPA); and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association (PBA). To participate on the nominating committee, any employee organization interested in representing a bargaining unit must notify the City Manager by email at CityManager@alexandriava.gov by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Alexandria’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Ordinance, which responds to state legislation adopted by the General Assembly in 2020, was developed with the intent to promote orderly and constructive relationships between the City and its employees and ensure an uninterrupted, efficient government.

Visit the Collective Bargaining webpage for more information.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/122773.

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