The last day for the Legislature to pass bills this year is September 13. So it’s going to be a busy week. Here’s an update on bills affecting public sector labor relations:
- AB 537: Makes various changes to the MMBA, including: a) prohibiting ground rules that limit the ability of union negotiators to communicate directly with the employer’s governing body; b) requiring tentative agreement to be approved by the governing body within 30 days of presentation; and c) makes contractual arbitration subject to the California Arbitration Act. Still in the Senate.
- AB 616: Amends MMBA to require PERB to certify that an impasse exists before allowing the parties to proceed to factfinding. Did not pass Assembly by August 30 deadline.
- AB 641: Allows family child care providers to unionize. PERB would have jurisdiction. CalHR would negotiate on behalf of the State. Still in the Senate.
- AB 729: Would establish a evidentiary privilege for union representative-represented employee communications. On Governor’s desk.
- AB 1263: Allows medi-Cal certified medical interpreters to unionize. PERB would have jurisdiction. CalHR would negotiate on behalf of the State. Still in the Senate.
- AB 1181: Requires MMBA employers to provide reasonable time off to union representatives for bargaining, testifying at PERB hearings, and testifying at personnel and/or merit commission hearings. On Governor’s desk.
- SB 765: Amends EERA to allow a supervisory peace officer employee to join or participate in a rank-and-file unit. Vetoed by Governor on August 19.