Governor Brown has announced the appointment of three Board Members to the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). (Click here for the press release.) Priscilla Winslow was re-appointed to the Board. Member Winslow has been a Member of PERB since 2013. The Governor also announced two new Board Members: Ari Krantz and Erich Shiners. Mr. Krantz is an attorney with Leonard Carder LLP, a prominent union-side law firm. Mr. Shiners is an attorney with Liebert Cassidy, and formerly an attorney with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP, where he represented public agencies in all areas of labor and employment law. Here are the bios of the appointees from the Governor’s new release:
- Arthur Krantz, 47, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Public Employment Relations Board. Krantz has been a partner at Leonard Carder LLP since 2002, where he was an associate from 1996 to 2002. He was a practitioner advisor for the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2017, where he was a lecturer in 2016. Krantz served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns at the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut from 1995 to 1996. He is a co-editor-in-chief of California Public Sector Labor Relations and an executive committee member of the California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Law Section. Krantz has served as a pro bono attorney for the Centro Legal de La Raza Asylum Project since 2014. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Krantz is a Democrat.
- Erich W. Shiners, 48, of Galt, has been appointed to the California Public Employment Relations Board, where he was a legal advisor from 2008 to 2011. Shiners has been senior counsel at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore since 2017. He was a partner at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP from 2015 to 2017, where he was senior counsel from 2013 to 2015 and an associate from 2011 to 2013 and from 2006 to 2008. Shiners was a law clerk at Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld in 2006 and a judicial extern for the Honorable M.Kathleen Butz at the Third District Court of Appeal in 2005. He was a summer law clerk at the National Labor Relations Board in 2005 and at the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board in 2004. Shiners is a member of the California Lawyers Association, Sacramento County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Shiners is registered Green Party.
- Priscilla S. Winslow, 65, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the California Public Employment Relations Board, where she has served since 2013 and served as legal advisor from 2012 to 2013 and from 1979 to 1983. Winslow served as assistant chief counsel for the California Teachers Association from 1996 to 2012, where she was a staff attorney from 1983 to 1984. She was managing partner at the Law Offices of Priscilla S. Winslow from 1986 to 1996 and an adjunct professor at the New College of California School of Law from 1984 to 1993. Winslow was an associate at Boltuch and Siegel from1984 to 1986. She is member of the American Constitution Society. Winslow earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Winslow is a Democrat.
- I have the pleasure of knowing all three of the individuals appointed to PERB. Member Winslow’s reappointment to PERB was not a surprise since she has been a Member of PERB since 2013. During her time on the Board she has authored many key decisions. Even though I disagreed with many of her decisions, I found them to be well-written. I anticipate that she will continue to play a major role in significant decisions in the future.
- Ari Krantz is a well-known and well-respected union-side attorney. We’ve been on opposite sides of many PERB cases, and he has always been a fierce advocate for unions. Now that he is a Board Member I’m hoping that I will be able to convince him to see things from management’s viewpoint every now and then.
- I’ve also had the pleasure of knowing Erich Shiners for many years. He was an attorney at my firm both before and after serving as a Legal Adviser at PERB. Mr. Shiners is extremely well-qualified for this position having practiced public sector labor law all his career. In addition,to working at PERB, he previously did stints at the National Labor Relations Board and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
- With these appointments PERB now has a full five-member Board. Because Mr. Krantz and Mr. Shiners have both practiced before PERB for many years, there should not be much of a learning curve for either. I’m hopeful that we will see a reduction in PERB’s docket of cases in very short order.