Officials and Guests in Attendance
10 of the 15 commissioners were present. The commissioners were prepared and attentive.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time and I observed the entire meeting. The agenda was available and the meeting was easily accessible.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed. The meeting started at 9:00 am with a land acknowledgement, followed by attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to review and vote on recommendations for how police contracts should be negotiated in Seattle. Three areas of focus are: 1. address reforms; 2. promote accountability; and 3. enable the City to move forward with alternatives. Nine recommendations were reviewed and voted on as follows (1 - 8 approved, 9 not approved):
1. Fully implement the reforms in the Accountability Law. These reforms would, among other things: create strong policies in areas often abused by police, such as secondary employment; empower civilian investigations into police misconduct by allowing for such things as civilianization of misconduct investigations and the OPA and OIG to exercise their subpoena powers; close many of the loopholes police officers use to avoid discipline, such as the 180-day time limit on investigations and heightened burden of proof currently in place for some types of misconduct; and fix Seattle's broken disciplinary appeals system by addressing the many flaws posed by the City's current arbitration system, such as lack of transparency and backlogs created by the lack of clear timelines. Unanimously approved.
2. The Labor Relations Policy Committee must make public the City's bargaining priorities. 9 in favor and 1 abstained.
3. The City should publicly identify who is at the negotiating table for the CBAs, who those parties represent, and their role in the negotiating process. Unanimously approved.
4. The City should announce and release regular updates on the process of the CBA negotiations. Unanimously approved.
5. The City must commit to releasing all information that can be made public on the negotiation process at the conclusion of the process, but prior to City Council approval. Unanimously approved.
6. The City should publicly state, explain, and justify to the community what it gave up in the negotiation process. 8 in favor, 2 abstained.
7. Remove clauses from the contracts that allow CBAs to take precedence over local law. 7 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstained.
8. Remove limits on civilianization of the Office Police Accountability and ensure that civilian investigators have the same investigatory powers as their sworn counterparts. 9 in favor and 1 opposed.
9. When the Department needs to layoff offices, it should be allowed to conduct the process in a safe and effective manner, such as out of order layoffs. 4 in favor, 4 opposed, and 2 obstained. This recommendation did not pass.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30am.
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