EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; DEFENSES – Business Necessity; Emergency Exception
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608.03000 – Business Necessity; Emergency Exception
To excuse a unilateral change due to business necessity, the district must prove that the financial crisis offered no real alternative to the unilateral action and prevented any opportunity for meaningful negotiations; p. 10, proposed decision. Although the district was clearly having financial difficulties, several options, short of unilaterally terminiating the existing health plan, were available to the district. The district also failed to prove that its financial condition allowed no additional time for further negotiations or for completion of the impasse procedures; p. 11, proposed decision.