Aren’t getting it right
Barry Levinson compared Fullerton’s attempt at making labor negotiations transparent with Costa Mesa’s. (Article )
“This is my first opportunity to compare an excellent law, the Costa Mesa Ordinance on Civic Openness in Negotiations (C.O.I.N.) vs. the Fullerton Draft C.O.I.N. Ordinance.
“Costa Mesa’s Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance was designed to make public employee salary and benefit negotiations open and transparent to the public and to all members of the city council as well.
“The draft Fullerton C.O.I.N. ordinance includes none of the (listed) specific steps to ensure the public is being kept informed with accurate and timely data and information.
We can note that the County Supervisors are considering a C.O.I.N. ordinance for Orange County, arousing a lot of organized labor ire. Exposing the negotiations to the people who pay for the results is offensive for those with something to hide.
So far, the best labor’s apologists have offered is, “But it doesn’t address other negotiations.” Those familiar with formal logic will recognize a fallacy of relevance – negotiating contracts with providers of services is important, but it’s not what is addressed by C.O.I.N. It a “red herring” argument, as well, trying to divert attention away from the issue.
Alinsky, the 60’s-era agitator, advocated only talking about what you understood – divert all discussion to what you want to talk about, and then declare yourself the victor because they didn’t debate your issue. Apparently organized labor can’t debate the value of transparent negotiations, so . . .
“In my humble opinion, the Costa Mesa Civic Openness in Negotiations Ordinance is an excellent law. The only fault that some may find with it (certainly not me) is that it will actually accomplish its proclaimed purpose.
In Costa Mesa we have an effective C.O.I.N. ordinance. But we faced the same red herring and irrelevance attacks. One Councilwoman, elected with support from safety services unions, as well as the frequent chambers complainers used the same logical fallacies to oppose our ordinance. We enjoyed the same (union) opposition with our local chronic complainers using the same techniques.
Costa Mesa held firm in implementing C.O.I.N. in spite of union opposition. Fullerton, per the article, is caving. Orange County seems to be firm in its effort at transparency – so far.