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File #: 0131-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 12/31/2018 In control: Administration Committee
On agenda: 2/4/2019 Final action: 2/6/2019
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Human Resources to enter into contract with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP for the purpose of providing assistance with collective bargaining negotiations and related activities; to authorize the expenditure of $200,000.00 from the employee benefits fund; to waive the competitive bidding requirements of the Columbus City Codes; and to declare an emergency. ($200,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Attachment BAKER Ord 0131-2019, 2. Baker Hostetler 2019 bid waiver
Explanation
Background: The Director of Human Resources seeks the authority to utilize the services of the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP for collective bargaining negotiations and related activities. Baker & Hostetler LLP has been solicited to provide assistance because of its experience representing the City of Columbus in previous negotiations with all bargaining units.

This legislation authorizes the Director of Human Resources to enter into contract with Baker & Hostetler LLP and will further authorize the expenditure of $200,000.00 to compensate the contractor for services rendered in conjunction with collective bargaining negotiations and related activities. The competitive bid process would not be conducive to ongoing and anticipated negotiations, as this law firm brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience in ongoing labor relations issues with the City of Columbus. Therefore, competitive bidding requirements are being waived.

Fiscal Impact: Funds totaling $200,000.00 are budgeted specifically for this contract in the Department of Human Resources 2019 employee benefits fund budget; the availability of funds is contingent on the passage of the 2019 Other Funds budget ordinance 2871-2018.
Baker & Hostetler LLP's contract compliance number is 340082025.

Emergency Action: Emergency action is being requested to allow for continuation of representation of the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP collective bargaining negotiations and related activities.

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To authorize the Director of the Department of Human Resources to enter into contract with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP for the purpose of providing assistance with collective bargaining negotiations and related activities; to authorize the expenditure of $200,000.00 from the employee benefits fund; to waive the competitive bidding requirements of the Columbus City Codes; and to declare an emergency. ($200,000.00)

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WHEREAS, the City of Columbus requires ...

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