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You are the Human Resources Director of the city of Spanish Moss Florida The city is a municipality with 400 various employees including police personnel fire department personnel, public works

You are the Human Resources Director of the city of Spanish Moss, Florida. The city is a municipality with 400 various employees including police personnel, fire department personnel, public works personnel and general city employees. As part of your duties as director of human resources, you negotiate collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the city for the collective bargaining agreements in place for the police union, fire department union, public works union and the general employees’ union. All 4 collective bargaining agreements are coming up for renewal, however, the city manager comes to you and explains the following: Because of tremendous declines in city revenue as a result of diminished home values, businesses moving out of the city and rising operating costs, the city manager explains to you that you are not to offer any increase in benefits during collective bargaining negotiations. Not only are you instructed to not offer any increases in benefits, you are instructed to propose eliminating all pensions benefits for new hires, cutting back vacation time from 96-hours to 40-hours per year, eliminating all sick time benefits and proposing that everyone accepts a 6% pay cut. The city manager explains that these cuts are necessary to avoid mass layoffs of police, fire, public works and general employees because the city commission has refused to raise taxes. The city manager explains that unless you can accomplish the goals of eliminating the benefits mentioned, the city will not be able to meet its financial obligations and risks being taken over by the county. You then meet with all 4 unions, who become outraged at the proposals. The unions screamed and yelled and eventually stormed out of the after calling you names. You then explain to the city manager that the unions ran out of the meeting without a deal. The city manager gets very angry at you and says, “You are not doing what I paid you for and I sincerely doubt your abilities and your competence. Unless you get this deal done, you will be the first to get laid off.” You then go back to your office and prepare a strategy for bringing the unions back to the negotiating table to discuss the proposals in a constructive manner and to resolve the disappointment expressed by the city manager. Assignment: Using the concepts contained in the text, prepare a research paper that THOROUGHLY analyzes what concepts, techniques and skills you would use to 1) bring the unions back to the negotiating table to discuss the issues 2) constructively talk about the issues without angering the unions 3) resolving issues and concerns expressed by the city manager about your lack of competence and 4) any other concerns or issues you feel are necessary to resolve conflict with the unions and the city manager.

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