AnotherGavel.jpgWhen the MMBA first took effect in 1968, there was no provision for the financial support of employee organizations or unions.  Many employee organizations had few ways to convince employees to join the organization and support it with member dues.  Thus, the concept of an “agency shop” was born.  Agency shop arrangements require employees, as

Gavel-and-Books.JPGWhen the Legislature amended the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) in 2001, it gave PERB jurisdiction over the statute, but not over certain agencies, and not over “persons who are peace officers as defined in Section 830.1 of the Penal Code.” (Gov. Code Section 3511, emphasis added.)

In the more than 14 years  since then, however,

Gavel-and-Books.JPGBoth the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) and PERB regulations recognize the right of an employee organization to request factfinding following a declaration of impasse.  That right, however, is not absolute: Government Code section 3505.4(a) and PERB regulation 32802(a)(1) mandate that such a request be made “not sooner than 30 days, but not more than 45 days,

Sonoma DecisionThe Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) recently held in Sonoma County Superior Court (Sonoma) that employees are entitled to union representation at interactive process meetings.  With this ruling, PERB expressly overturned prior precedent on this issue.

Before the Sonoma ruling, PERB recognized a right to union representation in individual meetings with the employer primarily only

sacramento Town HallThis post was authored by Shardé C. Thomas

AB 2126, introduced on February 20, 2014, by Assembly Member Bonta (D-Oakland), would make four amendments to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”).  Some of these revisions are pro-union, while others favor management’s interests.  Reaction to AB 2126 has been mixed, but unions and management alike will be watching

Breaking News.jpgThis blog post was authored by Adrianna E. Guzman, Brian P. Walter and Shardé C. Thomas

Today the California Supreme Court published a decision, County of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission, that requires a public employer to disclose home contact information for all bargaining unit members to the representative for

Gavel and Books.JPGA decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia recently cast into doubt the validity of all National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decisions in the year 2012 by holding that three of the current Board members were invalidly appointed.  Thus, in this Court’s view, potentially all the Board’s decisions for the

Money Scale.jpgSince June 28, three California cities have chosen to pursue bankruptcy in the face of burgeoning costs and increasing deficits: Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino.  Public agencies have been dealing with financial difficulties for several years, but other than the City of Vallejo in 2008, none had resorted to bankruptcy as an option, until