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Just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Friedrichs v. CTA, California employee organizations scored a second victory. Yesterday, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued its long-awaited decisions in San Diego Housing Commission v. Public Employment Relations Board and County of Riverside v. Public Employment Relations Board. Both cases challenged the Public Employment Relations Board’s (PERB) granting of an employee organization’s request for fact finding under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA). In a…
When the Legislature amended the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) in 2001, it gave PERB jurisdiction over the statute, but not over certain agencies, and not over “persons who are peace officers as defined in Section 830.1 of the Penal Code.” (Gov. Code Section 3511, emphasis added.) In the more than 14 years  since then, however, one lingering question has been whether Section 3511  precluded PERB from exercising jurisdiction over charges filed by or against labor unions…