Tuesday, March 12, 2013

PERB Charges San Jose With Labor Law Violations Over Pension Initiative

On March 8, 2013, the Public Employment Relations Board issued a complaint against the City of San Jose related to Measure B, that City's attempt to strip employees of their retirement security.  The complaint alleges the City "knowingly provided inaccurate information" to the union about "its fiscal obligations regarding retirement benefits."  The City has been widely criticized for using pension numbers "not based on reality."

The complaint also alleges the City refused to meet and confer with the union and moved forward with Measure B without completing the labor relations process.  Accordingly, the complaint alleges the City violated Government Code sections 2503, 3505, and 3506.5.  Now the City must respond to the allegations with 20 days and the case will proceed to a hearing in front of judge with the Public Employment Relations Board.