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AB-2154 Public employment: labor relations: release time.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2154


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

February 12, 2018


An act to amend Section 3543.1 of, to add Section 3558.7 to, and to repeal Sections 3505.3, 3518.5, 3524.69, 3569, 71635, and 71821 of, the Government Code, and to repeal Section 99563.3 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to public employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2154, as introduced, Bonta. Public employment: labor relations: release time.
Existing law, including the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, the Ralph C. Dills Act, the Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act, the Trial Court Interpreter Employment and Labor Relations Act, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Transit Employer-Employee Relations Act, as well as provisions commonly referred to as the Educational Employment Relations Act and the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, regulates the labor relations of the state, the courts, and specified local public agencies and their employees. Existing law establishes other requirements relating to labor relations that are applicable to specified transit agencies. These acts grant specified public employees the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations of their choosing and requires public agency employers, among other things, to meet and confer with representatives of recognized employee organizations and exclusive representatives on terms and conditions of employment. These acts generally require the public entities in this context to grant employee representatives of recognized employee organizations reasonable time off without loss of compensation or benefits for certain purposes in connection with labor relations, commonly referred to as release time.
This bill would prescribe requirements relating to release time that would apply to all of the public employers and employees subject to the acts described above and would generally repeal the provisions relating to release time in those acts. The bill would require these public employers to grant a reasonable number of employee representatives of the exclusive representative reasonable time off without loss of compensation or other benefits for specified activities. This requirement would apply to activities to investigate and process grievances; to formally meet and confer with the public employer on matters within the scope of representation; to testify or appear as the designated representative of the exclusive representative in conferences, hearings, or other proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board, as specified; to testify or appear as the designated representative of the exclusive representative before the governing body of the public employer, or a personnel, civil service, or merit commission, among others, and to serve as a representative of the exclusive representative for new employee orientations. The bill would require the exclusive representative to provide reasonable notice requesting an absence in this connection.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3505.3 of the Government Code is repealed.
3505.3.

(a)Public agencies shall allow a reasonable number of public agency employee representatives of recognized employee organizations reasonable time off without loss of compensation or other benefits when they are participating in any one of the following activities:

(1)Formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the public agency on matters within the scope of representation.

(2)Testifying or appearing as the designated representative of the employee organization in conferences, hearings, or other proceedings before the board, or an agent thereof, in matters relating to a charge filed by the employee organization against the public agency or by the public agency against the employee organization.

(3)Testifying or appearing as the designated representative of the employee organization in matters before a personnel or merit commission.

(b)The employee organization being represented shall provide reasonable notification to the employer requesting a leave of absence without loss of compensation pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c)For the purposes of this section, “designated representative” means an officer of the employee organization or a member serving in proxy of the employee organization.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3518.5 of the Government Code is repealed.
3518.5.

A reasonable number of employee representatives of recognized employee organizations shall be granted reasonable time off without loss of compensation or other benefits when formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the state on matters within the scope of representation.

This section shall apply only to state employees, as defined by subdivision (c) of Section 3513, and only for periods when a memorandum of understanding is not in effect.

SEC. 3.

 Section 3524.69 of the Government Code is repealed.
3524.69.

A reasonable number of employee representatives of recognized employee organizations shall be granted reasonable time off without loss of compensation or other benefits when formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the Judicial Council on matters within the scope of representation. This section shall apply only to Judicial Council employees, as defined by subdivision (c) of Section 3524.52, and only for periods when a memorandum of understanding is not in effect.

SEC. 4.

 Section 3543.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

3543.1.
 (a) Employee organizations shall have the right to represent their members in their employment relations with public school employers, except that once an employee organization is recognized or certified as the exclusive representative of an appropriate unit pursuant to Section 3544.1 or 3544.7, respectively, only that employee organization may represent that unit in their employment relations with the public school employer. Employee organizations may establish reasonable restrictions regarding who may join and may make reasonable provisions for the dismissal of individuals from membership.
(b) Employee organizations shall have the right of access at reasonable times to areas in which employees work, the right to use institutional bulletin boards, mailboxes, and other means of communication, subject to reasonable regulation, and the right to use institutional facilities at reasonable times for the purpose of meetings concerned with the exercise of the rights guaranteed by this chapter.

(c)A reasonable number of representatives of an exclusive representative shall have the right to receive reasonable periods of released time without loss of compensation when meeting and negotiating and for the processing of grievances.

(d)

(c) All employee organizations shall have the right to have membership dues deducted pursuant to Sections 45060 and 45168 of the Education Code, until an employee organization is recognized as the exclusive representative for any of the employees in an appropriate unit, and then the deduction as to any employee in the negotiating unit shall not be permissible except to the exclusive representative.

SEC. 5.

 Section 3558.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

3558.7.
 (a) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Designated representative” means an officer of the exclusive representative or a member serving as a proxy of the exclusive representative.
(2) “Public employer” means, in addition to the entities described in subdivision (a) of Section 3555.5, a public employer that employs public transit workers, the labor relations of which are regulated by provisions in the Public Utilities Code, and is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board.
(3) “Release time” means the time required for purposes described in subdivision (b).
(b) A public employer shall allow a reasonable number of employee representatives of the exclusive representative reasonable time off without loss of compensation or other benefits for the following activities:
(1) Investigating potential or existing grievances, or processing grievances.
(2) Formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the public employer on matters within the scope of representation.
(3) Testifying or appearing as the designated representative of the exclusive representative in conferences, hearings, or other proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board, or an agent of it, in matters relating to a charge filed by the exclusive representative against the public employer or by the public employer against the exclusive representative.
(4) Testifying or appearing as the designated representative of the exclusive representative in matters before the governing body of the public employer, a personnel, civil service, or merit commission, board of adjustment or an arbitrator.
(5) Serving as a representative of the exclusive representative for new employee orientation.
(c) The exclusive representative shall provide reasonable notification to the public employer requesting a leave of absence for an employee representative for the purpose of exercising the rights established by subdivision (b).
(d) This section does not prevent the public employer and the exclusive representative from agreeing upon alternative release time provisions, provided that the release time agreement is at least equivalent to the rights established in subdivision (b).
(e) This section does not, and shall not be interpreted to, reduce or limit the amount of release time public employees may be entitled to under other laws.

SEC. 6.

 Section 3569 of the Government Code is repealed.
3569.

A reasonable number of representatives of an exclusive representative shall have the right to receive reasonable periods of released or reassigned time without loss of compensation when engaged in meeting and conferring and for the processing of grievances prior to the adoption of the initial memorandum of understanding. When a memorandum of understanding is in effect, released or reassigned time shall be in accordance with the memorandum.

SEC. 7.

 Section 71635 of the Government Code is repealed.
71635.

The trial court shall allow a reasonable number of trial court employee representatives of recognized employee organizations reasonable time off, without loss of compensation or other benefits, when formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the trial court on matters within the scope of representation.

SEC. 8.

 Section 71821 of the Government Code is repealed.
71821.

The trial courts shall allow a reasonable number of court interpreter employee representatives of a recognized employee organization reasonable time off, without loss of compensation or other benefits, when formally meeting and conferring with representatives of the regional court interpreter employment relations committee on matters within the scope of representation.

SEC. 9.

 Section 99563.3 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.
99563.3.

A reasonable number of representatives of an exclusive representative shall have the right to receive reasonable periods of released or reassigned time without loss of compensation when engaged in meeting and conferring and for the processing of grievances prior to the adoption of the initial memorandum of understanding. When a memorandum of understanding is in effect, released or reassigned time shall be in accordance with the memorandum.