When is the Department obligated to meet and confer with the Association?

The Department must meet and confer with LAAPOA representatives whenever there is a proposed change which effects the wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of the employment of LAAPOA members. The duty to bargain requires both the City and LAAPOA to meet and confer on matters within the scope of representation and fully consider proposals by both sides. Some rights have been defined by state law and legal authority as “management rights,” which means that the City need not bargain over them. If you have any questions about whether a policy implemented by the Department is negotiable, you should bring the matter to the attention of a LAAPOA Board Member. The failure by LAAPOA to object to a change in the terms and conditions of employment may constitute a waiver of the right to bargain.