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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

PART 1. TRANSIT DISTRICTS IN COUNTIES OF ALAMEDA OR CONTRA COSTA [24501 - 27509]

  ( Heading of Part 1 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

CHAPTER 4. Labor Provisions [25051 - 25057]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

25051.
  

(a) If a majority of the employees employed by a transit district in a unit appropriate for collective bargaining indicate a desire to be represented by a labor organization, the transit board, after determining pursuant to Section 25052 that the labor organization represents the employees in the appropriate unit, shall bargain with the accredited representative of those employees. Both parties shall bargain in good faith and make all reasonable efforts to reach agreement on the terms of a written contract governing wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and grievance procedures.

(1) If a dispute arises over the terms of a written contract governing wages, salaries, hours, or working conditions that is not resolved by negotiations conducted in good faith between the transit board and the representatives of the employees, then upon the agreement of both parties, the transit board and the representatives of the employees may submit the dispute to an arbitration board. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final.

(2) (A) The arbitration board shall be composed of two representatives of the transit board, two representatives of the labor organization, and a fifth member to be agreed upon by the representatives of the transit board and labor organization.

(B) If the representatives of the transit board and labor organization are unable to agree on the fifth member, then the names of five persons experienced in labor arbitration shall be obtained from the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service. The labor organization and the transit district shall, alternately, strike a name from the list supplied by the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service. The labor organization and the transit district shall determine by lot who shall first strike a name from the list. After the labor organization and the transit district have stricken four names, the name remaining shall be designated as the arbitrator.

(C) The transit board and the labor organization shall each pay one-half of the cost of the impartial arbitrator.

(b) A contract or agreement shall not be made with any labor organization, association, group, or individual that denies membership on any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code. However, the organization may preclude from membership any individual who advocates the overthrow of the government by force or violence.

(c) The district shall not discriminate with regard to employment against any person on any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code, except as otherwise provided in Section 12940 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 46, Sec. 120. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

25052.
  

If there is a question whether a labor organization represents a majority of employees or whether the proposed unit is or is not appropriate, such matters shall be submitted to the State Conciliation Service for disposition. The State Conciliation Service shall promptly hold a public hearing and may, by decision, establish the boundaries of any collective bargaining unit and provide for an election to determine the question of representation. Provided, however, any certification of a labor organization to represent or act for the employees in any collective bargaining unit shall not be subject to challenge on the grounds that a new substantial question of representation within such collective bargaining unit exists until the lapse of one year from the date of certification or the expiration of any collective bargaining agreement, whichever is later.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)

25053.
  

Whenever any district acquires existing facilities from a publicly or privately owned public utility, either in proceedings by eminent domain or otherwise, to the extent necessary for operation of facilities, all of the employees of such public utility whose duties pertain to the facilities acquired who have been employed by said utility for at least seventy-five (75) days shall be appointed to comparable positions in the district without examination and shall be governed thereafter by the personnel system adopted by the board, and these employees shall be given sick leave, seniority and vacation credits in accordance with the records of the acquired public utility.

The provisions of this section shall apply only to those officers or supervisory employees of the acquired utility as shall be designated by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)

25054.
  

Whenever any district acquires existing facilities from a publicly or privately owned public utility, either in proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise, that has a pension plan in operation, members and beneficiaries of such pension plan shall continue to have the rights, privileges, benefits, obligations and status with respect to such established system; provided, however, that the outstanding obligations and liabilities of such public utility by reason of such pension plan have been considered and taken into account and allowance made for in the purchase price of such public utility.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)

25055.
  

The persons entitled to pension benefits as provided for in Section 25054 and the benefits which are provided shall be specified in the agreement or order by which any public utility is acquired by the district.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.)

25056.
  

All persons receiving pension benefits from such acquired public utility and all persons entitled to pension benefits under any pension plan of such acquired public utility may become members or receive pensions under the retirement system established by the district as provided for in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 25301) of this part, or participated in by the district as provided for in Section 25305 of this part, by mutual agreement of such persons and the district. Such agreement may provide for the waiver of all rights, privileges, benefits and status, with respect to the pension plan of such acquired public utility.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 744.)

25057.
  

Notwithstanding any provisions of the Government Code, the board may authorize payment of any or all of the premiums on any group life, accident and health insurance, health and welfare plan, or pension or retirement plan, on officers or employees of a district. Upon authorization by its employees, a district may make deductions from the wages and salaries of its employees:

(1) Pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement with a duly designated or certified labor organization for the payment of union dues, fees, or assessments.

(2) For the payment of contributions pursuant to any health and welfare, pension, or retirement plan.

(3) For any purpose for which deductions may be authorized by employees of any private employer.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 116.)

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