Pasco Police Officers' Ass'n v. City of Pasco

In Pasco Police Officers' Ass'n v. City of Pasco, 132 Wn.2d 450, 938 P.2d 827, 836 (Wash 1997), the Washington Supreme Court held that it was not improper for a public employer to bargain to impasse on a management rights clause. Defusing an argument that federal precedent was inapplicable to Washington law because federal law rests on the right of private employees to strike, the court noted that "while the Association is correct that uniformed employees do not have the right to strike, it ignores the requirement that public employers are obligated to negotiate in good faith. This obligation insures that management rights proposals do not overreach and are enforceable under the statute." Id.