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PART 8. SAN DIEGO COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT [90000 - 93017]

  ( Part 8 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039. )

CHAPTER 3. Internal Organization of District [90170 - 90300]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039. )

ARTICLE 5. Other Officers [90260 - 90300]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039. )

90260.
  

The board shall appoint and fix the salary of a general manager, who shall have full charge of the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of the facilities of the district and also of the administration of the business affairs of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90261.
  

All other things being equal, the board shall appoint as general manager some person who has had experience in the construction or management of transit facilities.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90262.
  

The general manager need not be a resident of this state at the time of his appointment.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90263.
  

The general manager shall hold office for an indefinite term and may be removed by the board only upon the adoption of a resolution by the affirmative vote of not less than a majority of the board. Before the general manager may be removed, he shall, if he demands it, be given a written statement of the reasons alleged for his removal and he shall have the right to be publicly heard thereon at a meeting of the board prior to the final vote on the resolution providing for his removal, but pending and during such hearing the board may suspend him from office. The board may not reduce the salary of the general manager below the amount fixed at the time of his original appointment except upon the adoption of a resolution by a like vote and after a like opportunity to be heard. The action of the board in suspending or removing the general manager or reducing his salary, if approved by a majority of the membership of the board is final.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90264.
  

Notwithstanding this article, until such time as the district has operated, controlled, or used facilities or parts of facilities for providing the inhabitants within the boundaries of the district with transit service for a period of six months, the board may, but is not required to, appoint a general manager. A general manager appointed during such time holds office at the pleasure of the majority of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90265.
  

The board shall appoint a secretary and an attorney, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90266.
  

The attorney shall be admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the state, and shall have been actively engaged in the practice of his profession for not less than five years next preceding his appointment.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90267.
  

The secretary and such assistants as the board may determine, and shall have the power to administer all oaths or affirmations required by this act, including the oath of office.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90268.
  

The board may consolidate any of the district offices in one person.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90269.
  

The oath of all appointive officers of the district shall be taken, subscribed, and filed with the secretary of the district at any time after the officer has notice of his appointment but not later than 15 days after the commencement of his term of office. No other filing is required.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90270.
  

Each appointive officer shall give such bond and in such amount as the board may require.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90271.
  

Subject to the control of the board, the powers and duties of the general manager are:

(a) To have full charge of the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of the facilities of the district.

(b) To have full charge of the administration of the business affairs of the district.

(c) To see that all ordinances of the district are enforced.

(d) To administer the personnel system and collective bargaining agreements adopted by the board and except for officers appointed by the board to appoint, discipline or remove all officers and employees subject to the rules and regulations adopted by the board and the applicable provisions of this part or the terms and conditions contained in any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

(e) To attend all meetings of the board and submit a general report of the affairs of the district.

(f) To keep the board advised as to the needs of the district.

(g) To prepare or cause to be prepared all plans and specifications for the construction of the works of the district.

(h) To devote his entire time to the business of the district.

(i) To perform such other and additional duties as the board may require.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90272.
  

The general manager shall within 90 days from the end of each fiscal year cause to be published a financial report showing the result of the operations for the preceding fiscal year and the financial status of the district on the last day thereof. The publication shall be made in the manner provided in this division for the publication of ordinances and notices generally.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90273.
  

The attorney shall take charge of all suits and other legal matters to which the district is a party or in which it is legally interested. He shall give his advice or opinion in writing whenever required by the board. He shall be the legal advisor of the general manager and other district officers and shall prepare or approve the forms of all ordinances, resolutions, contracts, bonds, and other legal documents connected with the business of the district. He shall perform such other and additional services as the board may require.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90274.
  

The general manager shall provide for the custody of the funds of the district and the keeping of accounts of all receipts and disbursements. Payments shall be made only upon warrants duly and regularly signed by the president or vice president of the board, or other person authorized by the board so to do, and by the general manager or secretary.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90275.
  

With the consent of the board, the general manager may:

(a) Authorize the trust department of any state or national bank in this state or a trust company authorized to act as such in this state, to receive as his agent deposits of any securities acquired by the district.

(b) Place and maintain for safekeeping as a trust deposit with the trust department of any state or national banks in this state, or a trust company authorized to act as such in this state, any securities owned by the district.

The bank or trust company selected shall have a total paid-in capital of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000). The general manager shall take from the trust department or trust company a receipt for the securities, and neither the general manager nor the district is responsible for the custody and safe return of the securities until they are withdrawn from the trust department or trust company by the general manager. Any trust department or trust company to which securities are delivered, either as agent or depository for the general manager, shall make such disposition of the securities as the general manager directs and is responsible only for strict compliance with written instructions given to it by the general manager. All such securities are at all times subject to the order of the general manager.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2039.)

90300.
  

(a) Employees have the right to self-organize, 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. It is declared to be in the public interest that the district not express any preference for one union over another.

(1) (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, 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 district, after determining pursuant to subdivision (f) 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.

(B) (i) If a dispute arises over wages, salaries, hours, or working conditions that is not resolved by negotiations conducted in good faith between the district and the labor organization, then upon the request of either party, the district and the labor organization may submit the dispute to an arbitration board. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final.

(ii) 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.

(iii) 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.

(iv) The expenses of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties. Each party shall bear the party’s own costs.

(b) If the board and the representatives of the employees do not agree to submit the dispute to an arbitration board as provided in subdivision (a), either party may notify the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service that a dispute exists and that there is no agreement to arbitrate. The California State Mediation and Conciliation Service shall determine whether or not the dispute can be resolved by the parties and, if not, the issues that are the subject of the dispute. After making its determination, the service shall certify its findings to the Governor who shall, within 10 days of receipt of certification, appoint a factfinding commission consisting of three persons. The factfinding commission shall immediately convene and investigate the issues involved in the dispute. The commission shall report to the Governor within 30 days of the date of its creation.

(c) After the creation of the commission and for 30 days after the date the commission made its report to the Governor, the parties to the controversy shall not make any change, except by mutual agreement, in the conditions out of which the dispute arose. Service to the public shall be provided during that time.

(d) A contract or agreement shall not be made, or assumed, with any labor organization, association, group, or individual that denies membership to, or in any manner discriminates against, any employee 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.

(e) 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.

(f) (1) Any questions regarding whether a labor organization represents a majority of employees or whether the proposed unit is or is not appropriate, shall be submitted to the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service for disposition. The California State Mediation and Conciliation Service shall promptly hold a public hearing after due notice to all interested parties to determine the unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining. In making that determination and in establishing rules and regulations governing petitions and the conduct of hearings and elections, the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service shall be guided by relevant federal law and administrative practice, developed under the Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 141 et seq.).

(2) The California State Mediation and Conciliation Service shall provide for an election to determine the question of representation and shall certify the results to the parties. A 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. However, no collective bargaining agreement shall be construed to be a bar to representation proceedings for a period of more than two years.

(g) If 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.

(1) To the extent necessary for operation of facilities, all of the employees of the 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 act. Those employees shall be given sick leave, seniority, vacation, and pension credits in accordance with the records and labor agreements of the acquired public utility.

(2) Members and beneficiaries of any pension or retirement system, or other benefits established by the public utility, shall continue to have the rights, privileges, benefits, obligations, and status with respect to the established system. No employee of any acquired public utility may be subject to a reduction in wages, seniority, pension, vacation, or other benefits as a result of the acquisition.

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

(h) The district shall not do any of the following:

(1) Acquire any existing system or part of an existing system, whether by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise.

(2) Dispose of or lease any transit system or part of the transit system.

(3) Merge, consolidate, or coordinate any transit system or part of the transit system.

(4) Reduce or limit the lines or service of any existing system or of the district’s system unless the district has first made adequate provision for any employees who are or may be displaced. The terms and conditions of that provision shall be a proper subject of collective bargaining.

(i) Notwithstanding any provision of the Government Code, the district may make deductions from the wages and salaries of its employees who authorize the deductions for the following purposes:

(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 employees of any private employer may authorize deductions.

(j) (1) 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 the collective bargaining agreement, shall not be limited or restricted by any provision of law. The obligation of the district to bargain collectively shall extend to all subjects of collective bargaining that are or may be proper subjects of collective bargaining with a private employer, including retroactive provisions.

(2) 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 employees of any private employer may authorize deductions, where those deductions are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement with a duly designated or certified labor organization.

(k) 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 the labor organization and the district.

(l) The district shall take any steps that may be necessary to obtain coverage for the district and its employees under Title II of the Federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 401 et seq.), and the related provisions of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (26 U.S.C. Sec. 3101 et seq.).

(m) The district shall take any steps that may be necessary to obtain coverage for the district and its employees under the workers’ compensation (Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) and Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 6100) of the Labor Code), unemployment compensation disability (Part 2 (commencing with Section 2691) of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code), and unemployment insurance (Part 1 (commencing with Section 100) of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code) laws of the State of California.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 46, Sec. 127. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)

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