Under current law, school and community college employee organizations are already granted this leave time. This leave, sometimes referred to as “release time,” permits employees to perform union duties without loss of pay or other benefits. However, other public-sector unions—including local government employees and transit employees, must negotiate this type of leave with the employer. Unfortunately, some public employers are uncooperative and deny union representatives release time.
To fix this problem, SB 1085 extends the current law for school and community college employees to grant other public employees similar leave in order allow sufficient time off to participate in matters critical to their representation needs.