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The Governing Board recognizes the right of district employees to form bargaining units, select an employee organization as their exclusive representative, and be represented by that organization in their employment relationship with the district. The Board is committed to negotiating in good faith with recognized employee organizations and respecting the rights of employees and employee organizations.

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

(cf. 4143/4243 - Negotiations/Consultation)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Board shall negotiate only with the exclusive representative of each bargaining unit. (Government Code 3543.3)

Certificated and classified employees shall not be included in the same bargaining unit. (Government Code 3545)

The district shall not dominate or interfere with the formation or administration of any employee organization or contribute financial or other support to it. (Government Code 3543.5)

Neither the district nor the employee organization shall impose or threaten to impose reprisals on employees, discriminate or threaten to discriminate against employees, or otherwise interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees because of their membership or nonmembership in an employee organization. (Government Code 3543.5, 3543.6)

(cf. 4119.1/4219.1/4319.1 - Civil and Legal Rights)

Management and Supervisory Employees

Employees serving in a management, senior management, supervisory, or confidential position shall not be represented by an exclusive representative. Such employees may represent themselves individually or may be represented by an employee organization whose membership is composed entirely of employees designated as holding those positions, but that organization shall not meet and negotiate with the district. (Government Code 3543.4)

However, the district may recognize a bargaining unit of supervisors if that unit includes all supervisory employees and if the unit does not represent the employee whom the supervisors supervise. (Government Code 3545)

Management, supervisory, and confidential positions shall be classified as follows: (Government Code 3540.1)

1. Management employee means any employee who has significant responsibilities for formulating district policies or administering district programs, and whose position is designated as a management position by the Board.

2. Supervisory employee means any employee, regardless of job description, having the authority, in the interest of the district, to hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, discipline, assign work, direct, adjust grievance of other employees, or effectively recommend that action. The exercise of this authority shall not be merely routine or clerical in nature, but shall require the use of independent judgment.

(cf. 4301 - Administrative Staff Organization)

3. Confidential employee means any employee who is required to develop or present management positions with respect to employer-employee relations or whose duties normally require access to confidential information that is used to contribute significantly to the development of management positions.

Legal Reference:


45060-45061.5 Deduction of fees from salary or wage payment, certificated employees

45100.5 Senior management positions

45104.5 Abolishment of senior classified management positions

45108.5 Definitions of senior classified management employees

45108.7 Waiver of provisions of 45108.5

45168 Deduction of fees from salary or wage payment, classified employees

45220-45320 Merit system, classified employees


3540-3549.3 Educational Employment Relations Act, especially:

3540.1 Definitions

3543.4 Management position; representation

3545 Appropriateness of unit; basis

6254.3 Disclosure of employee contact information to employee organization

6503.5 Joint powers agencies

53260-53264 Employment contracts


33015-33490 Recognition of exclusive representative; proceedings

33700-33710 Severance of established unit

34020 Petition to rescind organizational security arrangement

34055 Reinstatement of organizational security arrangement


County of Los Angeles v. Service Employees International Union, Local 721, (2011), 192 Cal.App.4th 1409

Management Resources:


Collective Bargaining DVD-ROM

Before the Strike: Planning Ahead in Difficult Negotiations, 1996



Association of California School Administrators:

California Federation of Teachers:

California School Employees Association:

California Teachers Association:

Public Employment Relations Board:


adopted: February 12, 2013 Costa Mesa, California