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TITLE 1. GENERAL [100 - 7914]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 4. PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES [1000 - 3599]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 12. Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations [3560 - 3599]

  ( Chapter 12 added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 744. )

ARTICLE 9. Impasse Procedure [3590 - 3594]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 744. )

3590.
  

Either an employer or the exclusive representative may declare that an impasse has been reached between the parties in negotiations over matters within the scope of representation and may request the board to appoint a mediator for the purpose of assisting them in reconciling their differences and resolving the controversy on terms which are mutually acceptable. If the board determines that an impasse exists, it shall, in no event later than five working days after the receipt of a request, appoint a mediator in accordance with such rules as it shall prescribe. The mediator shall meet forthwith with the parties or their representatives, either jointly or separately, and shall take such other steps as he may deem appropriate in order to persuade the parties to resolve their differences and effect a mutually acceptable memorandum of understanding. The services of the mediator, including any per diem fees, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, shall be provided by the board without cost to the parties. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the parties from mutually agreeing upon their own mediation procedure and in the event of such agreement, the board shall not appoint its own mediator, unless failure to do so would be inconsistent with the policies of this chapter. If the parties agree upon their own mediation procedure, the cost of the services of any appointed mediator, unless appointed by the board, including any per diem fees, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, shall be borne equally by the parties.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 744.)

3591.
  

If the mediator is unable to effect settlement of the controversy within 15 days after his appointment and the mediator declares that factfinding is appropriate to the resolution of the impasse, either party may, by written notification to the other, request that their differences be submitted to a factfinding panel. Within five days after receipt of the written request, each party shall select a person to serve as its member of the factfinding panel. The board shall, within five days after such selection, select a chairman of the factfinding panel. The chairman designated by the board shall not, without the consent of both parties, be the same person who served as mediator pursuant to Section 3590.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 744.)

3592.
  

The panel shall, within 10 days after its appointment, meet with the parties or their representatives and consider their respective positions. The panel may make additional inquiries and investigations, hold hearings, and take other steps which it may deem appropriate. For the purpose of the hearings, investigations, and inquiries, the panel may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence. The Regents of the University of California, the Directors of Hastings College of the Law, and the Trustees of the California State University shall furnish the panel, upon its request, with all records, papers, and information in their possession relating to any matter under investigation by or in issue before the panel, except for those records, books, and information which are confidential by statute.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 143, Sec. 182.)

3593.
  

(a) If the dispute is not settled within 30 days after the appointment of the panel, or, upon agreement by both parties, within a longer period, the panel shall make findings of fact and recommend terms of settlement, which recommendations shall be advisory only. Any findings of fact and recommended terms of settlement shall be submitted in writing to the parties privately before they are made public. The panel, subject to the rules and regulations of the board, may make those findings and recommendations public 10 days thereafter. During this 10-day period, the parties are prohibited from making the panel’s findings and recommendations public.

(b) The costs for the services of the panel chairperson, including per diem fees, if any, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, shall be borne by the board. Any other mutually incurred costs shall be borne equally by the employer and the exclusive representative. Each party shall bear the costs it incurs for the panel member it selects.

(c) (1) This subdivision applies only to disputes relating to the faculty and librarians of the University of California and the Hastings College of the Law. For the purposes of this subdivision, “faculty” means teachers employed to teach courses and authorize the granting of credit for the successful completion of courses, and excludes employees whose employment is contingent on their status as students.

(2) Irrespective of whether the panel makes its findings and recommendations public pursuant to subdivision (a), the Regents of the University of California and the Directors of the Hastings College of the Law, as appropriate, shall make the findings and recommendations of the panel public after the 10-day period prescribed by subdivision (a) has ended. These findings and recommendations shall be posted in a prominent public place, and copies of the findings and recommendations shall be made available to any person attending the next regularly scheduled public meeting of the regents or the directors, as appropriate. The publicly distributed agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the regents or the directors, as appropriate, shall reference the availability of these findings and recommendations.

(3) It is the intent of the Legislature that the regents or the directors, as appropriate, shall act upon the findings and recommendations of the panel at an open and public meeting within 90 days of their submission to the parties by the panel.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 62, Sec. 106. Effective January 1, 2004.)

3594.
  

Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit the mediator appointed pursuant to Section 3590, with the permission of the parties, from continuing mediation efforts on the basis of the findings of fact and recommended terms of settlement made pursuant to Section 3594.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 744.)

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