Employees of the municipality, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, shall have the right to organize, join and participate in, or to refuse to join and participate in, any employee organization for the purpose of collective negotiations through representatives of their own choosing on terms and conditions of employment subject to the provisions of law. Nothing contained in this section shall preclude the right of an employee from submitting an appeal in accordance with other provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 11-11-1985 by Ord. No. 1424; 8-11-1986 by Ord. No. 1440]
The appointment to municipal service, or the retention in municipal service, shall not be based upon the political activities or affiliations of an employee. Municipal employees are expected to exercise their rights as electors and citizens of the municipality and may engage in normal political activities; except that employees, other than elected officials, shall not engage in political activity while on the job or use their position as a municipal employee in any way for or against any candidate for local, state or federal office. Willful violation of this provision by an employee shall constitute grounds for suspension and/or dismissal from the service. In no case shall the penalty for willfully engaging in prohibited political activities be established as less than 60 calendar days' suspension from duty without pay.
No municipal employee shall be required by any person or organization to make any contribution of services or money to the campaign of any political party or of any candidate for public office.