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When the MMBA first took effect in 1968, there was no provision for the financial support of employee organizations or unions.  Many employee organizations had few ways to convince employees to join the organization and support it with member dues.  Thus, the concept of an “agency shop” was born.  Agency shop arrangements require employees, as a condition of continued employment, to either join the union or pay a service fee.  The fee distributes the cost…
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…