Since July 1977, school employees have had the right to negotiate contracts which spell out their “Terms and Conditions of Employment” and which can be enforced by the use of a grievance procedure that culminates in binding arbitration. The “Rodda Act,” provided for:
- Defined units for representation
- Exclusive representation for units
- PERB to oversee implementation
- Right to bargain binding contract
- Binding Arbitration permitted
- Impasse procedure
These rights are codified into a formal contract covering the wages, hours, and working conditions of the employees in a school district and the latest copy our contract can be found here
The negotiated contract is legally binding on the parties and can be enforced. In the absence of a binding arbitration clause, the contract can be enforced through the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) as an “Unfair Practice” and/or the courts as a “Breach of Contract.” Every grievance filed not only helps define the contractual language, it also has an impact on the subsequent bargaining process.
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\Do you have more questions about this process? Please contact our grievance chairs, Lisa Cusi. She may be reached at 707-999-1007.