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  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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


  ( Part 10 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978. )

CHAPTER 4. Labor Provisions [98160 - 98168]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978. )


Appointments and promotions in the service of the transit district shall be made according to merit and fitness, to be ascertained, so far as practicable, by competitive examination.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


All citizens shall have equal opportunity to obtain and hold employment, and to advance in that employment, without discrimination 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. 2004, Ch. 788, Sec. 25. Effective January 1, 2005.)


(a) All employees of the district are to be free from interference, coercion, and restraint in associating themselves together for their mutual benefit in connection with their employment. They may designate representatives of their own choosing and, collectively or individually, may exercise their right of petition to the board concerning wages, hours, or other conditions of employment.

(b) Employees have the right to self-organization; to form, join, or assist labor organizations; and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of collective bargaining.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 368, Sec. 1.)


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 the questions of representation, including the determination of the appropriate unit or units, petitions, and the conduct of hearings and elections, the director 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. The 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. 130. (SB 1038) Effective June 27, 2012.)


Whenever any 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 comparable positions 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. 1967, Ch. 978.)


Whenever any district acquires existing facilities from a publicly or privately owned public utility, either in proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise, that has a pension plan in operation, members and beneficiaries of such pension plan shall continue to have the rights, privileges, benefits, obligations and status with respect to such established system.

Whenever any such facilities are acquired by the district, the board shall consider and take into account the outstanding obligations and liabilities of the publicly or privately owned public utility by reason of such pension plan and shall negotiate an allowance in the purchase price of such utility for the assumption of such obligations and liabilities when acquiring the facilities.

The persons entitled to pension benefits as provided for in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 98180) of this part and the benefits which are provided shall be specified in the agreement or order by which any public utility is acquired by the district.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


All persons receiving pension benefits from such acquired public utility and all persons entitled to pension benefits under the pension plan of such acquired public utility may become members or receive pensions under the retirement system established by the district by mutual agreement of such persons and the district.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


Notwithstanding any provisions of the Government Code, the board may authorize payment of any or all of the premiums on any group life, accident and health insurance, health and welfare plan, or pension or retirement plan, on officers or employees of the district. Upon authorization by its employees, the district may make deductions from the wages and salaries of its employees:

(a) For the payment of contributions pursuant to any health and welfare, pension, or retirement plan.

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

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


The obligation of the district is to bargain in good faith with a duly designated or certified labor organization and, when an agreement is reached, to execute a written collective bargaining agreement with the labor organization covering the wages, hours, and working conditions of the employees represented by the labor organization in an appropriate unit, and, thereafter, to comply with the terms of the agreement.

The obligation of the district to bargain collectively extends to all subjects of collective bargaining concerning wages, hours, working conditions, and other conditions of employment.

This section supersedes Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code if there is any conflict between this section and that chapter, but in all other situations that chapter governs.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 368, Sec. 2.)


The district shall not require any employee, who is a member of a bona fide religion, body, or sect which has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting labor organizations, to join or financially support any public employee labor organization as a condition of employment. However, that employee may be required, in lieu of paying periodic dues, fees, or assessments to a labor organization, to pay sums equal to those dues, fees, or assessments to a nonreligious, nonlabor charitable fund exempt from taxation under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c) (3)), chosen by the employee from a list of at least three qualifying funds, designated in a memorandum of understanding between the district and the labor organization or, if the memorandum of understanding fails to designate the funds, then to any qualifying fund chosen by the employee. Proof of payments made pursuant to this section shall be made on a monthly basis to the district as a condition of continued exemption from the requirement of financial support to a labor organization.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 368, Sec. 3.)

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