EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; UNILATERAL CHANGE (FOR NEGOT OF SPECIFIC SUBJECTS, SEE SEC 1000, SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION) – In General
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602.01000 – In General
A unilateral change occurs when an employer an employer makes a firm decision to change policy affecting an negotiable subject without providing the employees’ representative with notice or opportunity for bargaining. The date of the decision triggers liability, even if the change itself is not scheduled to take effect until a later date or never takes effect. Mayor’s announcement in State of the City speech and various official press conferences of plans to alter employee pension benefits through a citizens’ initiative constituted firm decision to alter policy on a negotiable subject.