Information on "card check recognition"
for local public agencies
As specified in Government Code Section 3507.1 (c), in
certain circumstances, SMCS is responsible for determining whether an employee
organization has exclusive or majority status in a local public agency. In order
to initiate this process, the employee organization should submit the request in
a letter to SMCS, accompanied by original signed authorization cards, union
membership cards, or a petition clearly indicating the wishes of the employees
to be represented by that organization. The letter should also indicate that the
employee organization and employer have either agreed that SMCS will make the
determination, or that they have failed to agree on a neutral to do so.
The assigned SMCS mediator will contact the employer to
request a list of employees in the bargaining unit. He or she will compare the
list against the authorizations submitted, and will issue a letter with his or
her determination as to the status of the employee organization. The
authorizations will then be returned to the employee organization.