PERB Fiscal Year in Review 2018-19

The Public Employment Relations Board closed out a productive 2018-19 fiscal year having built tremendous momentum heading into 2019-20. The Board issued 92 decisions, the most since FY 2010-11, despite not having a fifth board member for the year and only having three members for a brief period. The Board’s docket, now at 45 total cases (down from the mid-80s last year at this time) reflects their hard work.

The expiration of Board Member Priscilla Winslow’s term in December led to a fresh face in February as Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Lou Paulson to the Board. With Member Paulson’s appointment, only one vacancy remains on the Board.

Recent investments by the Administration and Legislature have proven very meaningful. An additional twelve staff were supported by the budget. This created a positive impact on the Office of General Counsel, Administrative Law Division, and the Board. Case processing times at the Office of General Counsel has improved. Investment in mediation training for PERB regional attorneys has resulted in more cases settled early in the process. Appeals of administrative law judge (ALJ) proposed decisions to the Board are down and settlements are up. As mentioned above, the Board’s docket is down significantly – in part due to the additional Board attorney authorized as part of recent budget augmentations. Staffing increases have also allowed the Office of General Counsel to better manage increased workloads from requests for injunctive relief and litigation.

PERB continues to make progress implementing components of the Case Processing Efficiency Initiative. Several regulatory changes are at various stages of development thanks to the hard work of PERB staff and valuable input from stakeholders. In addition to the Efficiency Initiative, PERB continues to seek ways to streamline processes and operations.

While the core service provided by the Division of State Mediation and Conciliation Service (SMCS) is mediation of public sector contract disputes, PERB mediators are also skilled and experienced trainers. SMCS offers several trainings available in two- and four-hour workshop formats or full one and two-day programs with topics such as full Interest-Based Bargaining, hybrid Traditional/Interest-Based Bargaining, Joint Labor Management Committees, Managing Conflict in the Workplace, and more. Additionally, SMCS has recently established a decision bank for SMCS-adjudicated public transit cases, all the way back to the earliest case records available when the Division was under the Department of Industrial Relations.

Staffing and the associated budget augmentations proved to be a challenge that PERB’s Division of Administration successfully met. The staff navigated through the control agency processes to obtain the funding; then kicked into overdrive to absorb the impact of a growing program and carry out recruitment and onboarding of fifteen newly created positions. Additional accomplishments include working with facility lease renewal challenges and several informational technology improvements that are in progress or completed with a goal of improving operations and services to constituents. Some of these include adding audio-visual capability, replacing an antiquated phone system, improving Web page accessibility, and an upcoming online case filing and tracking system (ePERB).

PERB looks forward to an ambitious 2019-20 with continued work implementing the Case Processing Initiative recommendations, and an increased focus on transparency and collaboration with our stakeholders. Stay tuned for additional detail on these achievements and more in the 2018-19 Annual Report, due out in October 2019. Past Annual Reports can be found at:

Childcare Provider Organizations

On July 1, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 75, which requires PERB to pre-determine whether an entity seeking to represent childcare providers qualifies as a Provider Organization, as defined. For this purpose, PERB created an application that entities seeking Provider Organization status may submit to PERB. Please see the attachment below to use the application. Questions regarding access to the application please call (916) 322-3198.

PUC Transit Decisions Now Available for Reference – SMCS

PUC Transit decisions related to unit and representation matters falling under the State Mediation and Conciliation Service for adjudication are now available under the SMCS tab:
These decisions have been gathered from files in SMCS’ possession during the years prior to July 1, 2012, when SMCS was under the Department of Industrial Relations; from records made available by practitioners; from records collected for research purposes by PERB; and from SMCS cases that have been decided since its transfer to PERB. They have been cataloged chronologically, beginning with this initial upload into the PERB Decision Bank. Decisions may be missing pages or attachments. If you are aware of other decisions issued by SMCS for the years prior to July 1, 2012 that involve PUC Transit representation or unit matters that are not included, please submit their titles or the decisions themselves (if you have them) to SMCS at the following email address:, or by regular mail to SMCS, 1031 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811-4124.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING: the Public Employee Communication Chapter (Gov. Code sections 3555-3559); the Prohibition on Public Employers Deterring or Discouraging Union Membership (Gov. Code sections 3550-3553); Amendment of Regulation 32320 Concerning Precedential Board Decisions

The Board will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m., on July 30, 2019, in Room 103 of its headquarters building, located at 1031 18th Street, Sacramento, California. Room 103 is wheelchair accessible. Also, interested parties may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action to the Board. The written comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2019. Submit written comments to: Sheena J. Farro, Regional Attorney, Public Employment Relations Board, 1031 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Phone: (916) 322-3198, FAX: (916) 327-6377, E-mail:

Comments on Proposed Regulation Packages - June 13, 2019

PERB Invites Comment on Multiple Proposed Regulation Packages - June 13, 2019

The Board invites members of the public to comment on draft proposed regulations. Members of the public may comment orally during PERB’s regularly scheduled Board meeting of June 13, 2019, or in writing prior to or during the meeting.

Please send comments to the Board care of Kristina Gonzalez, Assistant to the Board. Please either send comments by email to, or have a hard copy delivered to Ms. Gonzalez’s attention at PERB’s Sacramento office. There is no need to provide comments via both email and hard copy. While it is also possible to bring written comments to the June 13th meeting, it would be extremely helpful to provide written comments in advance.

The Board will be considering the following proposed changes to regulations:

Exceptions Regulations: Draft proposed revisions to existing regulations governing parties’ exceptions to proposed decisions and responses thereto.

Recusal Regulation: Draft proposed revisions to existing regulations governing recusal of PERB personnel.

Regulations on Subpoenas, Motions, and Authority of Board Agents: Draft proposed revisions to existing regulations governing subpoenas, motions, and authority of Board agents.

Regulations on Filing Requirements: Draft proposed revisions to existing regulations governing filings. Such regulations, if approved, would not take effect until PERB’s new efiling system is operational.

SMCS Regulations: Draft proposed revisions to existing regulations governing the Division of State Mediation and Conciliation.


PERB Public Meetings will be held on the following dates:

December 13, 2018
February 14, 2019
April 11, 2019
June 13, 2019
August 8, 2019
October 10, 2019
December 12, 2019

Please see attached for further information.

LA Regional Office Relocation

To better serve the public, the Public Employment Relations Board-Los Angeles Regional Office has relocated.
As of June 11, 2018, we are no longer at our North Central Avenue location. Our new office address is:

425 W. Broadway, Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91204

Although our mailing and shipping address has changed, all phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.
For further information, please contact our Glendale office at 818-551-2822.