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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 11. PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT [99000 - 99582]

  ( Part 11 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1325. )

CHAPTER 7. Transit Employer-Employee Relations [99560 - 99570.4]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 4. Rights, Obligations, Prohibitions, and Unfair Labor Practices [99563 - 99563.8]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. )

99563.
  

Transit district employees shall have 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 and for the purpose of meeting and conferring and shall have the right to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. Transit district employees shall also have the right to refuse to join employee organizations or to participate in the activities of these organizations subject to the organizational security provision permissible under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.1.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Government Code or other laws or statutes, the transit district employer shall make deductions from wages and salaries of its employees upon receipt of authorization for the payment of union dues, fees, or assessments, for the payment of contributions pursuant to any health and welfare plan or pension plan or any other purpose for which deductions may be authorized by employees where the deductions are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement with a duly designated or certified labor organization.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.2.
  

Subject to reasonable regulations, employee organizations shall have the right of access at reasonable times to areas in which employees work, the right to use transit district bulletin boards, mailboxes and other means of communication, and the right to use transit district facilities at reasonable times for the purpose of meetings concerned with the exercise of the rights guaranteed by this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

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.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.4.
  

Transit district employers, or the representatives as they may designate, shall engage in meeting and conferring with the employee organization selected as exclusive representative of an appropriate unit on all matters within the scope of representation.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.5.
  

(a) The scope of representation shall include all matters relating to employment conditions and employer-employee relations, including, but not limited to, wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the scope of representation shall not include consideration of the merits, necessity, or organization of any service or activity provided by law or executive order.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.6.
  

The duty to meet and confer in good faith requires the parties to begin negotiations prior to the adoption of the final budget for the ensuing year sufficiently in advance of the adoption date so there is adequate time for agreement to be reached, or for the resolution of impasse.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.7.
  

It shall be unlawful for the transit district employer to do any of the following:

(a) Impose or threaten to impose reprisals on employees, to discriminate or threaten to discriminate against employees, or otherwise to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees because of their exercise of rights guaranteed by this chapter. For purposes of this subdivision, “employee” includes an applicant for employment or reemployment.

(b) Deny to employee organizations rights guaranteed to them by this chapter.

(c) Refuse or fail to meet and confer with an exclusive representative.

(d) Dominate or interfere with the formation or administration of any employee organization, or contribute financial or other support to it, or in any way encourage employees to join any organization in preference to another. However, subject to rules and regulations adopted by the board pursuant to Section 99561, an employer shall not be prohibited from permitting employees to engage in meeting and conferring or consulting during working hours without loss of pay or benefits.

(e) Refuse to participate in good faith in the impasse procedure set forth in Article 9 (commencing with Section 99568).

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

99563.8.
  

It shall be unlawful for an employee organization to:

(a) Cause or attempt to cause the transit district employer to violate Section 99563.7.

(b) Impose or threaten to impose reprisals on employees, to discriminate or threaten to discriminate against employees, or otherwise to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees because of their exercise of rights guaranteed by this chapter.

(c) Refuse or fail to meet and confer with the transit district employer.

(d) Refuse to participate in good faith in the impasse procedure set forth in Article 9 (commencing with Section 99568).

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 833, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

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