The Human Resources Department's Labor Relations Office (LRO) provides guidance and policy advice to the Mayor and management on labor and employment issues such as the meet-and-confer process with employee organizations, grievance resolution, disciplinary actions and appeals, leave provisions, federal and State labor laws, and rewards and recognition programs. This office serves as the primary point-of-contact for the City's six recognized employee organizations and negotiates on behalf of the City with regard to wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment. LRO handles all unclassified position recruitments, reasonable accommodations interactive processes, prepares the annual Salary Ordinance for City Council adoption, and develops and presents training for employment-related matters, diversity awareness, and other various employee relation issues.
The City of San Diego has six recognized labor organizations as follows:
- International Association of Firefighters, Local 145 (Local 145) who represent fire safety officers
- San Diego Police Officers Association (POA) who represent sworn safety officers
- California Teamsters Local 911 (Local 911) who represent Lifeguards
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 127 (Local 127) who represent skilled trades and laborers
- Deputy City Attorneys Association (DCAA) who represent the unclassified Deputy City Attorneys
- San Diego Municipal Employees Association (MEA) who represent technical, office, professionals, and supervisory employees
The remaining unrepresented employees consist of positions including management employees, confidential employees, and Elected Officials and their staff. In Fiscal Year 2013 the City of San Diego has a budgeted workforce of approximately 10,100 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions. 93% of that workforce is represented by recognized labor organizations.