EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; REFUSAL TO PROVIDE INFORMATION – In General

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604.00000 – EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; REFUSAL TO PROVIDE INFORMATION
604.01000 – In General

An exclusive representative is entitled to all information that is “necessary and relevant” to the discharge of its duty of representation. PERB uses a liberal standard, similar to a discovery-type standard, to determine relevance of the requested information. In defining the parameters of “necessary and relevant information” the Board has ruled that if the requested information pertains immediately to a mandatory subject of bargaining, it is presumptively relevant. Failure to provide such information is a per se violation of the duty to bargain in good faith. An exclusive representative is entitled to all information that is “necessary and relevant” to the discharge of its duty of representation. In defining the parameters of “necessary and relevant information” the Board has ruled that if the requested information pertains immediately to a mandatory subject of bargaining, it is presumptively relevant. Information that does not pertains immediately to a mandatory subject of bargaining, however, is not presumptively relevant. In such cases, absent the presumption, the burden falls on the charging party to show the information sought is relevant and necessary to the discharge of its duty of representation.