EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; OTHER PER SE VIOLATIONS – Outright Refusal to Bargain
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605.01000 – Outright Refusal to Bargain
While EERA section 3542, subdivision (a)(2) permits a party to obtain appellate review of a unit determination by engaging in a technical refusal to bargain, a party’s right to do so is limited in several respects. A party engaged in a technical refusal to bargain must rely on evidence already in the administrative record of the unit determination, because the prior representation decision is treated as binding with respect to all issues that were, or could have been litigated in the representation proceeding. A party may not collaterally attack PERB’s determination using evidence that it could have raised in the unit determination proceeding, nor may it use the technical refusal as an attempt to modify a unit while circumventing PERB’s mandatory unit modification procedure.