UNION UNFAIR PRACTICES; DUTY OF FAIR REPRESENTATION – Negotiations
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800.03000 – Negotiations
It is not a violation for a union to withhold information as long as there are notice and an opportunity to be heard before a collective bargaining agreement becomes final. A union violates its duty if it excludes non-members from voting only if the non-members are left completely uninformed about the status of negotiations or if they are not provided an opportunity to express their viewpoints. (Fontana Teachers Association (1984) PERB Decision No. 416.) A union may exclude non-members from voting as long as the union provides them with an opportunity to communicate their views. (El Centro Elementary Teachers Association (1982) PERB Decision No. 232.) Fee payer non-member who learned of ratification meeting through a friend cannot claim no notice of the meeting because he wasn’t officially notified.