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AB-2753 Public employment: employee bargaining representatives: financial information.(2015-2016)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2753


Introduced by Assembly Member Grove

February 19, 2016


An act to add Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 3599.1) to Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to public employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2753, as introduced, Grove. Public employment: employee bargaining representatives: financial information.
Existing law generally grants state employees the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations of their own choosing for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations. Existing law prescribes procedures in this regard for different public employers and occupational classifications, both state and local.
This bill would require an organization that provides representation to public employees in labor negotiations with a state or local public employer to place an itemized version of its budget on its Internet Web site and to provide each member of the organization easy access to it. The bill would require the budget to be updated on an ongoing basis. The bill would also require a public employee organization to provide its members a means of asking questions about financial issues related to the organization and would grant members the right to receive responses to their questions, in writing if requested, within a reasonable time.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 3599.1) is added to Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  13. Public Employee Union Transparency

3599.1.
 (a) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Public employee organization” means an organization that provides representation to public employees in labor negotiations with a public employer regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
(2) “Public employer” means any public employer, including, but not limited to, an employer subject to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500), Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512), Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 3525), Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540), or Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 3560), Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 71600) of Title 8, and Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 71800) of this code, and Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 99560) of Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code.
(b) On and after January 1, 2017, a public employee organization shall place an itemized version of its budget on its Internet Web site and shall provide each member of the organization easy access to the budget so published. The budget shall be updated on an ongoing basis.
(c) A public employee organization shall provide its members a means of asking questions about financial issues related to the organization, including the budget described in subdivision (b), and members shall have the right to receive a response to their questions, in writing if requested, within a reasonable time.