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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT [30000 - 33021]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

CHAPTER 5. Powers and Functions of District [30500 - 30756]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

ARTICLE 10. Labor Provisions [30750 - 30756]
  ( Article 10 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

30750.
  

(a) Subject to subdivision (b), if a majority of the employees employed by a district in a unit appropriate for collective bargaining indicate a desire to be represented by a labor organization, then the board, after determining pursuant to Section 30751 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, hours, and working conditions. In the absence of the expression of the desire to be represented by a labor organization, employees are subject to any personnel system established pursuant to Section 30257.

(b) Upon the acquisition by the district of the property of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority pursuant to Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 31000), the district shall assume and observe all existing labor contracts and shall recognize the labor organization certified to represent the employees in each existing bargaining unit as the sole representative of the employees in each of those bargaining units. Any certification of a labor organization previously made by the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service under the provisions of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Act of 1957 to represent or act for the employees in any collective bargaining unit shall remain in full force and effect and shall be binding upon the district. Those certifications and any certifications made under this subdivision 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; provided, that no collective bargaining agreement shall be construed to be a bar to representation proceedings for a period of more than two years.

(c) The obligation of the district to bargain in good faith with a duly designated or certified labor organization and to execute a written collective bargaining agreement with that labor organization covering the wages, hours, and working conditions of the employees represented by that labor organization in an appropriate unit, and to comply with the terms of that collective bargaining agreement, shall not be limited or restricted by any other provision of law. The obligation of the district to bargain collectively shall extend to all subjects of collective bargaining, including, but not limited to, retroactive pay increases. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the district shall make deductions from the wages and salaries of its employees, upon receipt of authorization to make those deductions, 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 for 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.

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

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

(B) If the representatives of the district 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 district shall, alternately, strike a name from the list supplied by the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service. The labor organization and the district shall determine by lot who shall first strike a name from the list. After the labor organization and the district have stricken four names, the name remaining shall be designated as the arbitrator. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final and binding upon the parties.

(C) The district and the labor organization shall each pay half of the cost of the impartial arbitrator.

(e) 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.

(f) 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. 122. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

30751.
  

Any question which may arise with respect to whether a majority of the 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, 1947, as amended, and for this purpose shall adopt appropriate rules and regulations. Those rules and regulations shall be administered by the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service and shall provide for a prompt public hearing and a secret ballot election to determine the question of representation.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 46, Sec. 123. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

30752.
  

Whenever the 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 a comparable position 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. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30753.
  

(a) Whenever the district acquires existing facilities from a publicly or privately owned public utility, either in proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise, the district shall assume and observe all existing labor contracts, and to the extent necessary for operation of facilities acquired, all of the employees of such acquired public utility whose duties pertain to the facilities acquired, shall be appointed to comparable positions in the district without examination, subject to all the rights and benefits of this part, and these employees shall be given sick leave, seniority, pension and vacation credits in accordance with the records and labor agreements of the acquired public utility.

(b) Members and beneficiaries of any pension or retirement system or other benefits established by that public utility shall continue to have the rights, privileges, benefits, obligations and status with respect to such established system. No employee of any acquired public utility shall suffer any worsening of his wages, seniority, pension, vacation or other benefits by reason of the acquisition.

(Added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30754.
  

The district shall not acquire any existing transit system or part thereof whether by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise, or dispose of or lease any transit system or part thereof, or merge, consolidate or coordinate any transit system or part thereof, or substitute any type of equipment on any system or part thereof for the then existing equipment or terminate any lease arrangement or management contract, or reduce or limit the lines or service of any existing system or of its system unless it shall first have made adequate provision for the district’s employees who are or may be displaced, or whose wages, hours, place or conditions of employment are or may be adversely affected. The terms and conditions of such provisions shall be a proper subject of collective bargaining with the labor organizations that represent such employees. In the event the parties are unable to agree upon such provisions the dispute shall be submitted to arbitration. The arbitrator shall be selected according to procedures established by subdivision (d) of Section 30750. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties. In the event that at the time the district acquires a system or part thereof, and former or furloughed employees of such system are at that time entitled to protection under a collective bargaining agreement or an order of the Public Utilities Commission or other public agency, the district shall provide for the continuation of such protection for the period of the agreement or order.

(Added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30755.
  

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. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30756.
  

(a) In the event the board and the representatives of the employees do not agree to submit a dispute over the terms and conditions of a collective bargaining agreement to arbitration as provided in subdivision (d) of Section 30750, the State Conciliation Service may be notified by either party that a dispute exists and that there is no agreement to arbitrate.

(b) Following such notification, the State Conciliation Service shall determine whether or not the dispute may be resolved by the parties and, if not, the issues concerning which the dispute exists.

(c) Upon a determination that the dispute cannot be resolved by the parties, the service shall certify its findings to the Governor of the State of California.

(d) The Governor shall, within 10 days of receipt of certification, appoint a factfinding commission consisting of three persons.

(e) The commission shall immediately convene and inquire into and investigate the issues in the dispute.

The commission shall have authority to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and subpoenas duces tecum for the production of books, documents, and other records. Subpoenas shall be serviced and enforced in accordance with Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1985) of Title 3, Part 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

The commission shall report to the Governor within 60 days of the date of its creation. However, the commission shall deliver a preliminary confidential report to the parties not later than the 51st day of the 60-day period, and the parties may submit comments on such report to the commission for its consideration not later than the 54th day of the 60-day period.

The commission shall, if either party so requests in its comments, include in its report an estimate of the cost of implementing any proposals or recommendations contained in the report.

(f) After notification to the State Conciliation Service by either party in accordance with subdivision (a), no change, except by mutual agreement, shall be made by the parties in the conditions out of which the dispute arose and service to the public shall continue to be provided (1) until the service determines that the dispute may be resolved by the parties, or (2) if the service determines that the dispute cannot be resolved by the parties, until 10 days after the commission has made its report to the Governor.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 51.)

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