Bringing Numbers to the Table: What Finance Officers Need to Know About Collective Bargaining

This article, published in GFOA's Government Finance Review, provides a list of key issues that Finance Officers (or their equivalents) should consider prior to collective bargaining and/or labor arbitrations. The best practices described in the article can help to ensure that a city presents a comprehensive approach to the financial and economic aspects of collective bargaining. This article details the ways in which Finance Officers should be involved in the collective bargaining process, but additional actors and issues are key to developing a city's overall approach to labor relations.