Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boling v. PERB (Cal. Ct. App. - April 11, 2017)

You wouldn't ordinarily think that a City was compelled to meet and confer with one of its unions over a citizen-sponsored initiative that the voters adopted, or that the failure to so meet and confer invalidated the resulting ordinance.

The Public Employment Relations Board, however, thought that this was precisely the case.

The Court of Appeal disagrees.

Just because a City helps out with an initiative doesn't mean that the "City" was the one who did the thing.  So no obligation to meet and confer.