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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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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 16. SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT [105000 - 105337]

  ( Part 16 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. )

CHAPTER 5. Personnel [105140 - 105181]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. )

ARTICLE 2. Transfer of Collective Bargaining Rights [105150 - 105155]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. )

105150.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the creation of the district may adversely affect the collective bargaining rights, wages, benefits, and employment opportunities of employees of the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105151.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 1 (commencing with Section 105140), in order to protect and preserve the collective bargaining rights of employees of the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code, whose employment opportunities may be adversely affected by the adoption and implementation of this division, upon the district’s decision to commence rail service, the district shall establish at least three collective bargaining units comprised of the following:

(a) A transportation operators collective bargaining unit.

(b) A transportation maintenance collective bargaining unit.

(c) A transportation dispatch and equipment servicing collective bargaining unit.

For purposes of this section, the district’s decision to commence rail service shall be effected by the district’s adoption of a resolution that confirms that sufficient financing exists to undertake rail service and declares the intention of the district to take all reasonable and necessary steps to commence rail service.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105152.
  

For a period of four years, commencing with the district’s decision to commence rail service as provided in Section 105151, or until the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, whichever is later, employees of the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code, who are employed by that district in classifications assigned to the same or similar collective bargaining units as those set out in Section 105151, shall be given priority of employment within the collective bargaining units set forth in Section 105151. Any dispute arising over the appropriate placement within a collective bargaining unit or over any assignment of classifications made by the district to a bargaining unit set forth in Section 105151 shall be resolved by the Public Employee Relations Board. Any determination of the Public Employee Relations Board shall be consistent with the intent of this section.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105153.
  

The district shall recognize and bargain with, as the accredited representative of the employees within the collective bargaining units set forth in Section 105151, the accredited collective bargaining representatives that represent the same or similar bargaining units within the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code. This recognition shall be maintained unless changed by mutual agreement of the district and the affected collective bargaining representative or the representative is decertified in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Public Employee Relations Board for the certification and decertification of employee representatives.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105154.
  

Employees of the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code who transfer to the district and into a collective bargaining unit set forth in Section 105151, shall be credited with any accrued seniority earned at the district from which they have transferred, and shall not suffer a loss in their rate of wages, pension benefits, pension accrual rights, health benefits, retiree health benefits, vacation accrual, or other seniority-based benefits, such as job bidding and transfer rights, as a result of their transfer to the district.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

105155.
  

To facilitate implementation of the employee rights enumerated in this section, the district and the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code may engage in joint collective bargaining with the accredited representatives of the collective bargaining units set forth in Section 105151 and the same or similar collective bargaining units within the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code to establish uniform wages, health benefits, pension benefits, and other uniform terms and conditions of employment. To maintain continuity of pension benefits, the district shall have the right to appoint at least one representative to any joint labor-management retirement board that administers a retirement plan in which employees of the district and employees of the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code are participants, provided that an equal number of employer and employee representatives on the retirement board is maintained. In addition, the district shall enter into a reciprocity agreement through the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) which recognizes PERS service with the district organized pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 27000) of Division 16 of the Streets and Highways Code of any district employee employed in a collective bargaining unit set forth in Section 105151 whose members’ pensions are provided through PERS.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 341, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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