REPRESENTATION ISSUES; CERTIFICATION/VOLUNTARY RECOGNITION – Request for Recognition
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1300.02000 – Request for Recognition
Petition to recognize separate unit of substitute teachers is granted, where denial of petition would effectively preclude teachers from exercising their statutory bargaining rights. While substitute teachers may be included within a broader unit of teachers, a unit composed solely of substitute teachers may also be appropriate. Even where the broader unit may well be appropriate had the matter been brought before PERB, it would not effectuate the purposes of the statute to force expansion of a unit upon an unwilling representative. Neither potential for increased costs arising out of having to negotiate with another representative nor claim that unit of substitute teachers is “transitory” justifies denial of recognition.