REMEDIES FOR UNFAIR PRACTICES; INJUNCTIVE RELIEF – Standards for Obtaining Injunctive Relief

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1207.02000 – Standards for Obtaining Injunctive Relief

Because the right to strike “goes to the essence of labor law,” Fresno Unified School Dist. v. National Education Assn. (1981) 125 Cal.App.3d 259, 268, if a PERB-covered employer believes a strike should be enjoined, it usually must ask PERB to seek an injunction on its behalf. (City of San Jose v. Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 (2010) 49 Cal.4th 597, 611 (City of San Jose) [city could not establish exception to rule requiring it to seek injunctive relief through PERB, because union gave city 72 hours’ notice of upcoming strike, which was sufficient time for PERB to determine whether to seek injunctive relief and to obtain such relief if warranted]; see San Diego Teachers Assn. v. Superior Court (1979) 24 Cal.3d 1, 13 [recognizing that PERB has “discretion to withhold as well as pursue” a strike injunction]; accord, Ahearn ex rel. NLRB v. International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Locals 21 and 4 (9th Cir. 2013) 721 F.3d 1122, 1130 [private sector employer seeking to enjoin union activity must pursue injunction through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)].)