December 19, 2014
CA Special District magazine
With Governor Jerry Brown’s triumphant return to Sacramento in 2011, the political landscape in California shifted in favor of the state’s labor force. After Governor Brown made several appointments to California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the administrative agency that is tasked with oversight of labor relations of public sector employees, PERB has issued a number of rulings that benefit public employee unions at the bargaining table. Conversely, special districts with unionized workforces have cause for concern as two decisions by PERB this year will impact the methods by which they approach bargaining disputes with their workforces.