Decision J019H – The Regents of the University of California and Student Association of Graduate Employees, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, et al.

SF-RR-813-H(PERB Decision No. 1301-H)

Decision Date: February 9, 1999

Decision Type: Judicial Review

Description: University requested the Board to Join in seeking Judicial review of its decision to recognize student academic employees under HEERA at its Los Angeles campus.

Disposition: Request denied. University failed to demonstrate that case was of special importance meriting Board’s Joining in request for judicial review.

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Perc Vol: 23
Perc Index: 30065

Decision Headnotes

103.03000 – State Issues

PERB has no authority to make the determination of the constitutional issue raised by the University - whether HEERA coverage of certain student academic employees intrudes on the University's control over its core functions in violation of Article IX, section 9 of the California Constitution. The Board also declines to conclude that this is a case of special importance for judicial review based on that issue; p. 6.

1311.01000 – In General

The Board has applied a strict standard in reviewing requests for judicial review and evaluating whether cases are "of special importance" because the fundamental rights of employee organizations (HEERA sec. 3565) could be jeopardized if PERB's unit determinations were routinely subject to legal challenges; p. 3. Where a request for judicial review has been granted, the issue was found to be of special importance because: (1) it was a novel issue; (2) primarily involving construction of a unique statutory provision; and (3) was likely to arise frequently; p. 4. Frequency with which an issue may be raised is one element of the judicial review standard, but frequency alone does not indicate special importance especially when it results from the same party raising the issue in numerous cases; p. 5. A representational issue which arises frequently may be the subject of numerous Board and/or court decisions, a circumstance which would tend to diminish the special importance of a subsequent case which raises that issue for judicial review; p. 5. The interpretation of HEERA section 3562(f) regarding the status of student academic employees is not a novel issue; p. 4. The fact that other requests for recognition petitions pending at PERB may involve the issue of the status under HEERA of the University's student academic employees is insufficient to establish the special importance of the instant case; p. 6. PERB joining in a request for judicial review in all cases would likely result in the more expeditious of the two means of obtaining judicial review described in HEERA section 3564(a), that fact fails to demonstrate the special importance of this case; p. 6.