Decision A361M – City of Glendale
Decision Date: April 13, 2007
Decision Type: Administrative Appeal
Description: An appeal of a Board agent’s decision to dismiss International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18’s petition for board review.
Disposition: The Board dismissed the petition because the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers failed to demonstrate that the city’s determination was not reasonable.
Perc Vol: 31
Perc Index: 89
1309.01000 – In General/Definition of Appropriate Unit
PERB must consider whether a public agency’s unit appropriateness determination is reasonable. Local government employer does not have to find the most appropriate unit. The MMBA requires only that the unit be appropriate. PERB has also rejected the most appropriate unit standard under EERA. The party challenging a unit determination decision has the burden to demonstrate the decision was unreasonable. The union has not provided facts to establish the city’s unit determination was not reasonable.
1309.03000 – Community of Interest
The union failed to provide any evidence showing a lack of community interest with other classifications in the union. The union’s claim that it had effectively represented similar units in other cities is insufficient to show the unit determination decision was unreasonable.
1503.02000 – Regulations Considered (By Number)
60000. Repealed May 11, 2006. As the case was filed before the regulation was repealed, Regulation 60000 is applicable.