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File #: 17-0310   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 4/11/2017
Title: Approve the Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP for Labor Negotiation Services
Attachments: 1. Draft Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement
SUBJECT
Title
Approve the Third Amendment to Outside Counsel Agreement with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP for Labor Negotiation Services

Report
REPORT IN BRIEF
Approval is requested for a Third Amendment to the Outside Counsel Agreement with the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP for advice and representation regarding labor and collective bargaining matters concerning Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA). This Third Amendment is needed to cover the costs associated with continued labor negotiations, including the ongoing fact-finding process, and will increase the not-to-exceed amount of the Agreement by $100,000 for a new not-to-exceed amount of $250,000.

BACKGROUND
Sunnyvale, like many other cities, routinely engages outside labor negotiators to represent the City in collective bargaining with its employee associations. Charles Sakai, an attorney who specializes in employment and labor law, and primarily handles complex negotiations and collective bargaining issues, including multi-party negotiations, interest arbitrations, and collective bargaining-related litigation, and managing partner in the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP, was retained by the City Attorney under Section 908 of the City Charter to represent the City and provide advice and representation regarding labor and collective bargaining matters concerning Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA), Communications Officers Association (COA), Sunnyvale Managers Association (SMA) and Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA). Mr. Sakai has extensive experience in advising public agencies in labor relations and personnel matters and handles litigation in both State and Federal Courts. The Agreement was entered in October 2015, and the not-to-exceed amount has been increased twice to the current not-to-exceed amount of $150,000. The term of the Agreement expires in December 31, 2018.

DISCUSSION
Mr. Sakai is currently providing advice and representation in the labor negotiations ...

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