Decision 2085S – State of California (Department of Personnel Administration)

SA-CE-1777-S

Decision Date: December 22, 2009

Decision Type: PERB Decision

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Perc Vol: 34
Perc Index: 24

Decision Headnotes

101.00000 – PERB: OPERATION, JURISDICTION, AUTHORITY; APPLICABILITY OF AND CONFLICTS WITH OTHER STATUTES
101.01000 – In General

PERB lacked jurisdiction over allegation that statutory change to method of overtime calculation for State employees impaired contract between employee organization and the State in violation of the California Constitution.

601.00000 – EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH (FOR SPECIFIC SUBJECTS, SEE SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION, SEC 1000)
601.01000 – In General, Per Se and Totality of Conduct; Prima Facie Case

Charge failed to state prima facie case of bad faith bargaining because an employer is not required to offer a benefit negotiated with one of its bargaining units to any or all of its other bargaining units. Additionally, employee organization made no request to bargain over particular benefit negotiated with another bargaining unit.

602.00000 – EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; UNILATERAL CHANGE (FOR NEGOT OF SPECIFIC SUBJECTS, SEE SEC 1000, SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION)
602.01000 – In General

Charge failed to state prima facie case of unlawful unilateral change because the State had no obligation to bargain over legislative proposal to change method of overtime calculation for State employees or implementation of enacted legislation by DPA. The Legislature may enact a change to terms and conditions of State employment which, if implemented by DPA without legislative direction, would constitute an unfair practice. Dills Act section 3517.8(a) does not preclude the Legislature from enacting a change to terms and conditions of State employment during the period between expiration of an MOU and the parties’ reaching a successor agreement or impasse. The Governor is not required to bargain with State employee unions before taking action pursuant to his constitutional role as a participant in the legislative process. DPA does not commit an unlawful unilateral change by implementing changes to terms and conditions of State employment in compliance with law as prescribed by the legislative process.