The mission of all labor contract negotiations is to promote sound and stable labor-management relations.
With that goal in mind, the City of Rapid City and its three employee's unions* engaged in Interest Based Bargaining training provided through the Federal Mediation and Coalition Service (FMCS). The intended outcome of the 10-hour training would be to train teams of city management and union members to work cooperatively and develop 2014 contracts that would be responsible, affordable, and ratifiable to both parties.
In addition, in an effort to create a more efficient approach for budget planning, contract negotiations were begun and completed prior to the 2014 City Department budgeting process.
Following the IBB training, negotiations began on September 20, 2012 when the three unions and the city spent the day discussing, brainstorming, and seeking possible solutions pertaining to the current pay matrix. When a wage scale had been determined, the union and management teams then negotiated their respective contracts individually.
In April 2013, all negotiations had been completed. Presentations of the contracts were made to the Mayor, Department Heads, Council members, and Union members. The Council and Union members will vote separately to ratify or modify the proposed 2014 contracts during the month of May.
Current contracts, Compensation Scales, and contract related items may be found on the City's homepage under Human Resources.