REPRESENTATION ISSUES; UNIT DETERMINATION/CRITERIA (SEE ALSO WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE?, SECTION 200) – Splitting of Classifications
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1309.14000 – Splitting of Classifications
While there is no bright line rule against splitting classifications where other factors warrant it, PERB generally disfavors splitting a single classification across multiple units when the employees within the same classification perform the same work under virtually identical conditions of employment. (Oakland Unified School District (2016) PERB Decision No. 2509, at pp. 19-20.) The City reasonably found that this factor cut against granting the severance petition. If the severance request was granted, two classifications would be divided among two bargaining units, the two classifications’ job duties are common across all City departments, and there is no distinction in their work, whether they are assigned to the Police Department or any other City department.