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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 4. ORANGE COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT [40000 - 40617]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899. )

CHAPTER 4. Labor Provisions [40120 - 40129]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899. )

40120.
  

Whenever a majority of the employees employed by the district in a unit appropriate for collective bargaining indicate a desire to be represented by a labor organization, the district, upon determining as provided in Section 40122 that the labor organization represents the employees in the appropriate unit, shall enter into a written contract with the accredited representative of those employees governing wages, salaries, hours, and working conditions. In case of a dispute over wages, salaries, hours, or working conditions, which is not resolved by negotiations in good faith between the district and the labor organization, upon the request of both, the district and the labor organization may submit the dispute to the decision of the majority of an arbitration board, and the decision of the majority of the arbitration board shall be final. 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 the fifth member. If they are unable to agree, 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 so supplied, and the name remaining after the labor organization and the district have stricken four names, shall be designated as the arbitrator. The labor organization and the district shall determine by lot who shall first strike from the list. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final and binding upon the parties thereto. The expenses of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties. Each party shall bear his or her own costs.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 46, Sec. 124. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

40121.
  

No contract or agreement shall be made with any labor organization, association, group, or individual, or be assumed under the provisions of this section, where such organization, association, group, or individual denies membership to or in any manner discriminates against any employee on the grounds of race, creed, color or sex; provided, that such organization may preclude from membership any individual who advocates the overthrow of the government by force or violence. The district shall not discriminate in regard to employment against any person because of his race, creed, or color.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40122.
  

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 after due notice to all interested parties and shall thereupon determine the unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining. In making such determination and in establishing rules and regulations governing petitions, the conduct of hearings and elections, the State Conciliation Service shall be guided by relevant federal law and administrative practice, developed under the Labor-Management Relations Act, 1947, as presently amended.

The State Conciliation Service shall provide for an 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 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; provided, that no collective bargaining agreement shall be construed to be a bar to representation proceedings for a period of more than two years.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40122.1.
  

(a) The Public Employment Relations Board established pursuant to Section 3541 of the Government Code, and the powers and duties of that board, as described in Section 3541.3 of the Government Code, shall apply, as appropriate, to this chapter and shall include the authority as set forth in subdivision (b).

(b) A complaint alleging any violation of this chapter or of any rules and regulations adopted by the district shall be processed as an unfair practice charge by the Public Employment Relations Board. The initial determination as to whether the charge of unfair practice is justified and, if so, the appropriate remedy necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter, shall be a matter within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board, except that in an action to recover damages due to an unlawful strike, the Public Employment Relations Board shall have no authority to award strike-preparation expenses as damages, and shall have no authority to award damages for costs, expenses, or revenue losses incurred during, or as a consequence of, an unlawful strike. The Public Employment Relations Board shall apply and interpret unfair labor practices consistent with existing judicial interpretations of this chapter.

(c) The Public Employment Relations Board shall not find it an unfair practice for an employee organization to violate a rule or regulation adopted by a public agency if that rule or regulation is itself in violation of this chapter. This subdivision shall not be construed to restrict or expand that board’s jurisdiction or authority as set forth in subdivisions (a) and (b).

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 713, Sec. 1. (AB 355) Effective January 1, 2020.)

40122.2.
  

(a) Any charging party, respondent, or intervenor aggrieved by a final decision or order of the Public Employment Relations Board in an unfair practice case, except a decision of that board not to issue a complaint in such a case, may petition for a writ of extraordinary relief from that decision or order.

(b) A petition for a writ of extraordinary relief shall be filed in the district court of appeal having jurisdiction over the county where the events giving rise to the decision or order occurred. The petition shall be filed within 30 days from the date of the issuance of the Public Employment Relations Board’s final decision or order, or order denying reconsideration, as applicable. Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall cause notice to be served upon the Public Employment Relations Board and thereafter shall have jurisdiction of the proceeding. The Public Employment Relations Board shall file in the court the record of the proceeding, certified by that board, within 10 days after the clerk’s notice unless that time is extended by the court for good cause shown. The court shall have jurisdiction to grant any temporary relief or restraining order it deems just and proper, and in like manner to make and enter a decree enforcing, modifying, and enforcing as modified, or setting aside in whole or in part the decision or order of the Public Employment Relations Board. The findings of the Public Employment Relations Board with respect to questions of fact, including ultimate facts, if supported by substantial evidence on the record considered as a whole, shall be conclusive. Title 1 (commencing with Section 1067) of Part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure relating to writs shall, except where specifically superseded by this section, apply to proceedings pursuant to this section.

(c) If the time to petition for extraordinary relief from a Public Employment Relations Board decision or order has expired, the Public Employment Relations Board may seek enforcement of any final decision or order in a district court of appeal or superior court having jurisdiction over the county where the events giving rise to the decision or order occurred. The Public Employment Relations Board shall respond within 10 days to any inquiry from a party to the action as to why the Public Employment Relations Board has not sought court enforcement of the final decision or order. If the response does not indicate that there has been compliance with the Public Employment Relations Board’s final decision or order, the Public Employment Relations Board shall seek enforcement of the final decision or order upon the request of the party. The Public Employment Relations Board shall file in the court the record of the proceeding, certified by that board, and appropriate evidence disclosing the failure to comply with the decision or order. If, after hearing, the court determines that the order was issued pursuant to the procedures established by the Public Employment Relations Board and that the person or entity refuses to comply with the order, the court shall enforce the order by writ of mandamus or other proper process. The court may not review the merits of the order.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 713, Sec. 2. (AB 355) Effective January 1, 2020.)

40123.
  

Whenever the district acquires existing facilities from a publicly or privately owned public utility, either in proceedings by eminent domain or otherwise, the district shall assume and observe all existing labor contracts. To the extent necessary for operation of facilities, 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, vacation and pension credits in accordance with the records and labor agreements of the acquired public utility. 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.

The district may extend the benefits of this section to officers or supervisory employees of the acquired utility.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40124.
  

Except as otherwise provided in Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 40221) of this part, the district shall not acquire any existing system or part thereof whether by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise. The district shall not dispose of or lease to any transit system or part thereof, nor merge, consolidate or coordinate any transit system or part thereof, or reduce or limit the lines or service of any existing system or of its system, or terminate any lease arrangement or management contract, unless it shall first give notice of such contemplated action to the collective bargaining agent of the employees who are or may be affected thereby. The terms and conditions of employment affected by such action shall be a proper subject of collective bargaining.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40125.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Government Code, employees of this district may authorize and, upon such authorization, the district may make deductions from wages and salaries of such 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 plan or pension or retirement plan.

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

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40126.
  

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 such labor organization covering the wages, hours and working conditions of the employees represented by such labor organization in an appropriate unit, and to comply with the terms thereof shall not be limited or restricted by the provisions of the Government Code or other laws or statutes and the obligation of the district to bargain collectively shall extend to all subjects of collective bargaining which are or may be proper subjects of collective bargaining with a private employer, including retroactive provisions. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Government Code or other laws or statutes, the district shall make deductions from wages and salaries of its employees upon receipt of authorization therefor 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 of any private employer, where such deductions are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement with a duly designated or certified labor organization.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40127.
  

The district may provide for a retirement system; provided, that the adoption, terms and conditions of any retirement system covering employees of the district represented by a labor organization in accordance with this section shall be pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between such labor organization and the district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1899.)

40128.
  

The district shall take the necessary steps to obtain coverage for the district and its employees under Subchapter II of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the related provisions of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, as amended.

However, the district is not required to provide coverage under Subchapter II of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, for employees who are members of the Orange County Employees Retirement System. Notwithstanding Section 31557 of the Government Code, administrative and professional employees may be admitted to membership in the Orange County Employees Retirement System without making membership applicable to all employees of the district. The board, by resolution, shall determine which employees are employed in administrative and professional classifications.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 752, Sec. 2.)

40129.
  

The district shall take such steps as may be necessary to obtain coverage for the district and its employees under the workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation disability and unemployment insurance laws of the State of California.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1454.)

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