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

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

(cf. 4143/4243 - Negotiations/Consultation)

The Superintendent or designee 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, 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

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

45220-45320 Merit system, classified employees


3540-3549.3 Educational Employment Relations Act


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

Management Resources:


Collective Bargaining DVD-ROM

Maximizing School Board Governance: Collective Bargaining

Before the Strike: Planning Ahead in Difficult Negotiations, 1996



California Federation of Teachers:

California School Employees Association:

California Teachers Association:

Public Employment Relations Board:


adopted: November 4, 2009 Redwood City, California