Who has the authority to decide what will be in the contract?
The two parties, the Town and the APOA, each have their own process for determining what proposals they bring to the negotiations table. Through the collective bargaining process, the parties attempt to reach agreement by negotiating the proposals presented. When a tentative agreement is reached, the APOA presents the agreement to its members for approval. If the employees approve the tentative agreement, the City Manager then brings the agreement to the City Council for ratification.

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1. Can I apply for employment at any time?
2. Where do I find a list of open positions?
3. Are there MOUs and Employment Contracts online?
4. Does the Town have to bargain with Unions?
5. When does the MOU's expire?
6. How does the Town decide what it will propose during bargaining?
7. Who has the authority to decide what will be in the contract?
8. If the MOU expires while the Town is still negotiating, what happens?
9. What is a concession?
10. How does the budget impact the negotiations discussion?
11. How long does bargaining last?
12. What is mediation?
13. What is impasse?
14. What happens if agreement is not reached and the parties reach impasse?