Council selects labor negotiator
Cape Coral City Council selected Kunkel Miller and Hament as the firm to represent the city in labor negotiations on Thursday.
John Hament from the firm said they have good experiences with union officials.
“We have a lot of experiences meeting with union officials and we get along with them,” Hament told council.
Council member Chris Chulakes-Leetz asked potential firms if employee salary roll backs were reality at the bargaining table.
Chulakes-Leetz said it was his goal to keep a hundred percent of the city employees at 85 percent of the cost.
“It’s my goal not to lose employees even if they have to contribute to the solution,” Chulakes-Leetz said.
Hament told council that in today’s economic climate asking for reductions was “brand new and novel”, but it was something that should be considered.
“We would not take off the table the possibility of reductions,” Hament said.
Councilmember Erick Kuehn said he liked the firm’s presentation style, and chose them on that strength.
“I think he’s going to do what he said he’s going to do,” Kuehn added.
The law firm consists of 10 attorneys.
The firm has offices in Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers.
They have recently represented the Lehigh Acres fire control district in labor negotiations, as well as entities on Fort Myers Beach.
Talks with the Lehigh Acres fire control district have been strained, which caused some alarm on city council.
Hament explained the decrease in property values, and in turn revenue, in Lehigh Acres has greatly effected talks.
“Impasse in the public sector is a natural evolution,” Hament said.