The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) is a quasi-judicial agency which oversees public sector collective bargaining in California. PERB presently administers eight collective bargaining statutes, ensures their consistent implementation and application, and adjudicates disputes between the parties subject to them. The statutes administered by PERB are:
- The Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA) of 1976 establishing collective bargaining in California's public schools (K-12) and community colleges.
- The State Employer-Employee Relations Act of 1978, known as the Ralph C. Dills Act (Dills Act), establishing collective bargaining for state government employees.
- The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) of 1979, extending the same coverage to the California State University System, the University of California System and Hastings College of Law.
- The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) of 1968 establishing collective bargaining for California's municipal, county, and local special district employers and employees was brought under PERB's jurisdiction pursuant to Senate Bill 739 (Chapter 901, Statutes of 2000), effective July 1, 2001. PERB's jurisdiction over the MMBA excludes peace officers, management employees and the City and County of Los Angeles.
- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Transit Employer-Employee Relations Act (TEERA) of 2003, covering supervisory employees of the transit agency.
- Effective August 16, 2004, pursuant to Senate Bill 1102 (Chapter 227, Statutes of 2004), the Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act (Trial Court Act) and the Trial Court Interpreter Employment and Labor Relations Act (Court Interpreter Act) were brought under PERB’s jurisdiction.
- With the enactment of Senate Bill 1036 (Chapter 45, Statutes of 2012), as
amended by Assembly Bill 1471 (Chapter 439, Statute of 2012), PERB is also
responsible for enforcement of the In-Home Supportive Services Employer-Employee
Relations Act (IHSSA).
In addition, with the enactment of Senate Bill 1038 (Chapter 46, Statutes of 2012), the State Mediation and Conciliation Service (SMCS) was transferred from the Department of Industrial Relations and established as a separate division within PERB. As a part of this legislation, a new statute titled “State
Mediation and Conciliation Service” was enacted, and is found at Government Code, Title 1, Division 4.5, sections 3600 – 3616. This statute, in part, confirms that all powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) or DIR Director under Sections 19455 and 19604 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 89542.5 of the Education Code, Section 57031 of the Food and Agricultural Code, Sections 3502.5, 3507.1, 3507.3, 71632.5, 71636.1, 71636.3, 71637, 71802 to 71806, inclusive, and 71814 of the Government Code, and Sections 1164 and 2686 of the Labor Code are transferred to PERB. Senate Bill 1038 also amended the labor relations provisions of 17 public transit acts, covering transit districts that are not subject to the MMBA, to provide that the functions carried out by the SMCS with respect to mediation, resolution of unit disputes, and the conduct of representation elections, are also the responsibility of PERB. This change in the statutes does not, however, mean that PERB’s authority to adjudicate alleged unfair practices extends to parties covered by these 17 public transit acts*
* The 17 public transit acts referenced above are: the Transit
District Law (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties), Public Utilities Code, Section
24501 et seq.; Fresno Metropolitan Transit District Act of 1961, Public
Utilities Code, Appendix 1, Section 1.1 et seq.; Golden Empire Transit District
Act, Public Utilities Code, Section 101000 et seq.; Marin County Transit
District Act of 1964, Public Utilities Code, Section 70000 et seq.; North County
Transit District Act, Public Utilities Code, Section 125000 et seq.; Orange
County Transit District Act of 1965, Public Utilities Code, Section 40000 et
seq.; Sacramento Regional Transit District Act, Public Utilities Code, Section
102000 et seq.; San Diego County Transit District Act of 1965, Public Utilities
Code, Section 90000 et seq.; Mills-Deddeh Transit Development Act, Public
Utilities Code, Section 120000 et seq.; San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
District Act, Public Utilities Code, Section 28500 et seq.; San Mateo County
Transit District Act, Public Utilities Code, Section 103000 et seq.; Santa
Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Act of 1965, Public Utilities Code,
Section 95000 et seq.; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Act, Public
Utilities Code, Section 100000 et seq.; Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
Act of 1967, Public Utilities Code, Section 98000 et seq.; Southern California
Rapid Transit District Law, Public Utilities Code, Section 30000 et seq.; San
Joaquin Regional Transit District Act, Public Utilities Code, Section 50000 et
seq.; and West Bay Rapid Transit Authority Act, Public Utilities Code, Appendix
B, Section 1.1 et seq.
The Public Employment Relations Board maintains this
web site to enhance public access to PERB’s information.
This is a service that is continually under development.
While we try to keep the information timely and accurate,
we make no guarantees. We will make an effort to correct
errors brought to our attention. Persons utilizing
this site are encouraged to verify the text of statutes
and regulations using official publications of the
State of California.