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New State Law Favoring Unions Takes Effect Following Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling

Posted in Employment Law, Legislative Updates, Unions
Governor Brown signed SB 866 into law after Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, 585 U. S. ____ (2018) was released by the Supreme Court on June 27, 2018.  SB 866 is an effort to give something back to the unions given that they lost agency fees when the Court in… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Today in Major Union Fee Case

Posted in Employment Law, Unions
The United States Supreme Court hears oral argument today in a case that could reshape finances for public employee unions in 22 states, including California, where those unions are able to collect “agency fees” from non-member public employees to cover the costs of negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representation services. Two years ago, the Court… Continue Reading

State Legislation Requires Public Unions to Have Access to New Public Employees

Posted in Employment Law, Unions
If public employers have not already done so, all should be prepared to engage with exclusive representative organizations over employee orientation and providing employee personal contact information to those exclusive representatives in the immediate future. Assembly Bill 119 is in effect now, and provided recognized employee exclusive representative organizations access to employees during employee orientation and… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Holds MMBA Fact-finding Applies to all Impasses, not Just Those Concerning MOUs

Posted in Employment Law, Recent Court Decisions, Unions
The Fourth District Court of Appeals issued two decisions yesterday that held that fact-finding under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”) applies to all impasses between exclusive representatives and MMBA public agencies such as cities, counties, and special districts.  The results in these cases means that when impasse is reached in negotiations involving a city, county or special… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Divides Equally Over Union Fees Case

Posted in Employment Law, Recent Court Decisions, U.S. Supreme Court, Unions
Previously we wrote about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (a link to our previous article is here), a case involving whether public-sector union fair share arrangements are invalid because they violate individual first amendment rights. Today, the Supreme court divided equally in deciding the case and issued a one-sentence decision affirming the Appellate Court decision and leaving… Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Case Involving Union Fees for Public-Sector Employees

Posted in U.S. Supreme Court, Unions
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Docket No. 14-915, a case in which the Court will be asked to decide whether “agency shop” arrangements violate the First Amendment rights of public-sector school employees on the premise that a public-sector unions’ activities are inseparably integrated into… Continue Reading