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File #: 19-098    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Passed
File created: 2/15/2019 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority
On agenda: 3/4/2019 Final action: 3/4/2019
Title: SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to the Agreement for Labor Relations Consulting to Approve an Additional $60,000 for Labor Contract Negotiations and Employee Related Legal Services with Law Firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, for the Not to Exceed Amount of $160,000 REPORT IN BRIEF Consider approving first amendment to the Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Agreement for the not to exceed amount of $160,000. RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion: A. Approving the first amendment to an agreement for professional services with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for continuing labor relations consulting, labor contract negotiations, and employee related matters in an amount not to exceed $160,000; and, B. Authorizing the Finance Officer to make any necessary budget adjustments; and, C. Authorizing the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager to execute the necessary documents.
Attachments: 1. First Amendment to LCW Agreement

Report Prepared by: Deneen Proctor, Director of Support Services

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SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to the Agreement for Labor Relations Consulting to Approve an Additional $60,000 for Labor Contract Negotiations and Employee Related Legal Services with Law Firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, for the Not to Exceed Amount of $160,000

REPORT IN BRIEF
Consider approving first amendment to the Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Agreement for the not to exceed amount of $160,000.

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion:

A. Approving the first amendment to an agreement for professional services with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for continuing labor relations consulting, labor contract negotiations, and employee related matters in an amount not to exceed $160,000; and,

B. Authorizing the Finance Officer to make any necessary budget adjustments; and,

C. Authorizing the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager to execute the necessary documents.

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ALTERNATIVES
1. Approve as recommended by staff; or
2. Approve, subject to modification as conditioned by City Council; or
3. Refer to staff for reconsideration or specific items; or
4. Deny

AUTHORITY
Charter of the City of Merced, Section 200 et. Seq.
Merced Municipal code Section 3.04.

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES
As provided for in the 2018-2019 adopted budget.

DISCUSSION
The City has five bargaining units and four unrepresented groups. The City had initially allocated $100,000 for the purpose of labor relations consulting, labor contract negotiations, and employee related matters. The amount of the bills from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is set to exceed the original amount budgeted due to unexpected lawsuits from two of the bargaining units. The City is requesting an additional amount to cover the costs incurred due to the pending litigation.

IMPACT ON CITY RESOURCES
Funding is available within the Personnel Department's Fiscal Year 2018-19 approved budget.

ATTACHMENTS
1. First Amendment to LCW Agre...

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