The Costa Mesa City Employees Association met with the City of Costa Mesa this afternoon for the second session of contract negotiations. CMCEA made its initial proposal to the City during the meeting.
“The City’s employees have made a proposal that conveys our desire to work collaboratively with the City,” CMCEA President Helen Nenadal said. “Our proposal focuses on partnering to help make Costa Mesa work better, work more efficiently, and deliver the best service possible to the community. It also includes some common-sense reforms aimed at improving accountability and transparency for the public. We truly hope the City will consider our proposal in the same spirit of collaboration.”
September 12, 2013
COSTA MESA CITY EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
INITIAL BARGAINING PROPOSAL
All Costa Mesans can benefit from an approach to negotiations that seeks to restore trust and cooperation between the City Council and City employees by underscoring mutual respect, fairness, common sense, and accountability.
The initial CMCEA bargaining proposal has been deliberately crafted to convey the desire and willingness of employees to embark on a genuine collaborative effort with the City focused on making Costa Mesa work better, work more efficiently, and deliver the best possible service to the community.
PROPOSAL NO. 1 TERM – Two (2) years, commencing September 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2015.
PROPOSAL NO. 2 PARTNERING ON EFFICIENCY – Establish a Citywide Lean program to facilitate the adoption and application of Lean process analysis and improvement methods to City government.
Lean is an approach to workplace improvement that provides proven principles, methods and tools for streamlining the delivery of services while at the same time developing a culture that encourages employee creativity and problem-solving skills. The central objective of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Lean can be applied at all levels of an organization to review processes from a resident point of view and consider what adds value and what can be eliminated.
Collaboration between all levels of City government is key to the success of any Lean initiative, and CMCEA makes this proposal with the hope that the City Council will step back from its more hostile approach to employee relations and instead dedicate itself to working together with employees to improve our community.
Lean was first developed by Toyota to improve its manufacturing process. In the private sector it soon spread beyond its manufacturing genesis and demonstrated its value across the entire spectrum of corporate operations. Over the past several years Lean has been enthusiastically championed in the public sector by elected officials across the political spectrum, from Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin to Governors Christine Gregoire and Jay Inslee in Washington.
Local governments have also reported dramatic Lean successes, including King County, Washington (Seattle), Coral Gables, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Here in Orange County, several County departments have embarked upon and successfully implemented Lean initiatives, including the Sheriff’s Department and the Health Care Agency.
CMCEA would partner with the City to establish a Lean working group to develop internal Lean process expertise, identify service areas amenable to Lean initiatives, and guide the Lean process through to implementation.