Supervisors pass county version of COIN ordinance unanimously amid heated debate

By Nick Gerda, Voice of OC | Orange County supervisors on Tuesday approved a new ordinance they say will increase public scrutiny of labor deals, amid fierce criticism from union leaders that the measure unfairly singles out employees and ignores billions of dollars in private-sector contracts.

The unanimous 5-0 decision sets up a major confrontation between labor and county leaders that’s expected to play out in court.

The ordinance, known as Civic Openness in Negotiations or COIN, was brought forward by Supervisor John Moorlach, who argued that it will give residents a better chance to weigh in on proposed labor agreements.

“It’s been kind of frustrating that there was a long history of negotiations being done in closed session” and then approved immediately, Moorlach said at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. “There was just hardly any constituent or voter input.”

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