State regulators have filed a criticism towards Marin County Superior Court docket alleging illegal interference with the union actions of staff.
The criticism was filed final month by the Public Employment Relations Board, which administers collective bargaining legal guidelines. The alleged misconduct occurred in late 2019, however the inquiry stretched by 2020 and into this 12 months due to pandemic-related delays, in keeping with the board.
The Service Staff Worldwide Union, Native 1021, alleges that two court docket managers intimidated staff throughout a interval of contract negotiations. The union represents about 70 clerks and different staffers on the San Rafael courthouse.
The alleged misconduct occurred on Dec. 13, 2019, when the union “organized a ‘unity break’ to encourage communication and solidarity,” the union mentioned in its criticism. The gathering was set throughout a daily 15-minute relaxation break.
The union alleges that one supervisor stood by and appeared to document the occasion with a cellphone and take notes. In the meantime, in a unique room the place staff have been current, one other supervisor was “actively lobbying” towards union actions and inspiring employees to just accept the administration’s phrases, the union alleged.
The Public Employment Relations Board criticism alleges that the conduct violated about half a dozen authorities code sections and board rules.
James Kim, the court docket’s government officer, declined to touch upon the investigation, however a submitting by the court docket’s lawyer outlines its place. The lawyer denied misconduct by the managers and mentioned staff “engaged in an illegal demonstration” that “constituted an illegal work-stoppage.”
Joel Evans-Fudem, a union consultant for the court docket staff, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Felix De La Torre, basic counsel for the Public Employment Relations Board, mentioned the court docket and the union are scheduled to have a mediation session on March 1. If there isn’t a decision, the matter shall be heard by an administrative legislation choose.
De La Torre mentioned any sanctions can be on the court docket itself, not the managers.
“The attainable treatments are tough to checklist as a result of the board has broad remedial powers and might order any treatment it determines effectuates the needs of the legislation,” he mentioned.
The board dealt with 547 unfair observe costs and issued 101 choices within the 2019-2020 fiscal 12 months, in keeping with its annual report. Its jurisdiction covers greater than 2.5 million public sector staff and greater than 5,000 public employers.