June 26, 2015

For those subscribers who engage in Meet and Confer negotiations with Police, you may be interested in a recent development concerning the interpretation of the provision in Section 142.056  of the Texas Local Government Code regarding  a change in the City’s recognition of the exclusive bargaining representative of its police employees.  On June 16, 2015, State Representative Carol Alvarado sent a request to the Texas Attorney General asking him to clarify how often a petition can be filed under Section 142.056, which provides for an employee election to determine the majority status of the currently-recognized association.  The Meet and Confer statute does not address this question.  Also, note that the Firefighters Meet and Confer statute is silent on the same question (Section 142.106), but no Attorney General opinion has been requested regarding its interpretation.  We will report on the Attorney General’s opinion as soon as it is released.