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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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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 12. SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY [100000 - 100619]

  ( Heading of Part 12 amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 724, Sec. 5. )

CHAPTER 6. Personnel [100300 - 100381]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 180. )

ARTICLE 1. Employee Relations [100300 - 100308]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 180. )

100300.
  

Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 180.)

100301.
  

Any question which may arise with respect to whether a majority of employees in an appropriate unit desire to be represented by a labor organization shall be submitted to the Public Employment Relations Board. In resolving those questions of representation including the determination of the appropriate unit or units, petitions, the conduct of hearings and elections, the board shall apply the relevant federal law and administrative practice developed under the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, as amended, and for this purpose shall adopt appropriate rules and regulations. The California State Mediation and Conciliation Service shall administer the rules and regulations and shall provide for a prompt public hearing and secret ballot election to determine the question of representation and shall certify the results to the parties. 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 the 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, except that no collective bargaining agreement shall be considered to be a bar to representation proceedings for a period of more than two years.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 46, Sec. 131. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

100302.
  

Whenever a majority of the employees employed by the VTA in a unit appropriate for collective bargaining indicate a desire to be represented by a labor organization and upon determining, as provided in Section 100301, that said labor organization represents at least a majority of the employees in the appropriate unit, the board and the accredited representative of employees shall bargain in good faith and make all reasonable efforts to reach agreement on the terms of a written contract governing wages, hours, and working conditions.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 70. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

100303.
  

(a) 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.

(b) The VTA 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. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 71. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

100304.
  

If, after a reasonable period of time, representatives of the VTA and the accredited representatives of the employees fail to reach agreement on the terms of a written contract governing wages, hours, pensions, and working conditions or the interpretation or application of the terms of an existing contract, either party may request mediation services of the State Conciliation Service.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 72. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

100305.
  

If, after a reasonable period of time, representatives of the VTA and the accredited representatives of the employees fail to reach agreement either on the terms of a written contract governing wages, hours, pensions, and working conditions or the interpretation or application of the terms of an existing contract, upon the agreement of both the VTA and the representatives of the employees, the dispute may be submitted to an arbitration board and the decision of the majority of the arbitration board shall be final and binding. The arbitration board shall be composed of two representatives of the district and two representatives of the labor organization, and they shall endeavor to agree upon the selection of a fifth member. If they are unable to agree, the names of five persons experienced in labor arbitration shall be obtained from the State Conciliation Service. The labor organization and the VTA shall, alternately, strike a name from the list so supplied, and the name remaining after the labor organization and the VTA have stricken four names, shall be designated as the fifth arbitrator and chairman of the board of arbitration. The labor organization and the VTA shall determine by lot who shall first strike a name from the list. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final and binding upon the parties thereto. Each party shall be responsible for the expense of the presentation of its case. All other expenses of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties and said expenses may include the making of a verbatim record of the proceedings and transcript of that record.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 73. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

100307.
  

(a) Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code is not applicable to the VTA.

(b) The amendments to this section made at the 1995–96 Regular Session are not intended to modify, and shall not have the effect of modifying, an existing bargaining unit determination made by the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Section 100301.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 75. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

100308.
  

County employees and employees of the Santa Clara County Congestion Management Agency who, on a date or dates determined by the board of directors, terminate their employment and immediately thereafter become employees of the VTA, shall transfer to the VTA, and the VTA shall assume liability for, all of their accrued and unused vacation, sick leave, personal leave, compensating time off, STO balances, and days of accrued service in accordance with the records of their former employer in lieu of any payment by the former employer for those balances. Those employees who were covered by a county or congestion management agency pension plan shall be entitled to the same or equivalent rights, options, privileges, benefits, obligations, accrued service, and status under the pension plan of the VTA.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 381, Sec. 76. (AB 2196) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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