Democratic mayoral candidate Jim King says he has a plan for improving Metro Government’s image in the labor market.
King Wednesday unveiled a ten-point plan that he says will help working families. With Metro Government having recently faced court battles with police and fire unions, King says a cornerstone of his plan is to negotiate with unions and keep labor disputes out of court.
“Louisville has gained some notoriety with employers outside of Louisville as being a town that has a labor culture that requires litigation as opposed to negotiation,” he says.
King says he will also continue several causes he championed in the Metro Council, including prevailing wage laws and requirements for hiring local and minority workers for publicly-funded projects.
The Abramson administration did recently settle out-of-court in a pay dispute with two city employee unions.
Several other points of the plan are extensions of ordinances King sponsored in the Metro Council, including standards for wages and requirements for hiring local and minority workers for publicly-funded projects.