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The city of Derby is rethinking its relationship with employee unions.
In 1987, the Derby city council voted to bring the city under the Public Employer-Employee Relations Act, and the city has been meeting and negotiating with public employee unions. The current city council has scheduled a public hearing for November 13th to look at reversing that decision.
Derby has negotiated contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police since 2005, and its current contract expires at the end of this year. Derby firefighters have now organized into a union, which the city has not recognized at this point.
In a press release, Derby city manager Kathy Sexton says the decision made 25 years ago to recognize employee unions may not be the best way to operate in the future. She said the city council should consider whether taxpayers are best served by the current system
Derby is one of 11 cities in Kansas that recognize and meet with recognized employee unions and organizations.