OROVILLE, CA - The Butte County Employees Association (BCEA) Local 1 is appealing the decision of Butte County Personnel Director Brian Ring to the County Board of Supervisors.
Butte County employees who have been trying to create a Skilled Trades Unit for nearly a decade found themselves facing another road block today in their quest for a separate unit. Butte County Personnel Director Brian Ring had approved a separate unit after a year of petitioning by the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) Local 792. UPEC Business Manager Chris Darker has been working with these employees for over a year assisting them to create their own bargaining unit. "I don't think any employee organization should stand in the way of their members wanting a separate unit. I believe the BCEA has forgotten who they work for," said Darker.
The employees in the proposed unit (Skilled Trades) were rejected by their own Union to form a separte unit. Another Union had attempted to organize them and filed a petition on their behalf. That petition was rejected by the Board of Supervisors. The employees then called on UPEC Local 792 to help them create their own bargaining unit. UPEC filed a petition in April 2013 and was rejected by the Board of Supervisors in September 2013. UPEC filed a second petition in December that included approximately 18 additional job classes. The second petition was approved by Butte County Personnel and was moving forward until BCEA appealed the decision to the personnel disrector.
"Employees have a right to form and join a union of their own choosing. These employees chose to form a union of Skilled Trades Workers and asked UPEC Local 792 to represent them. I think BCEA needs to honor the demands of these members they represent, respect their rights as their members and not stand in their way and interfere with that right", Darker said.
A date has not been set for this to go to the Butte County Board of Supervisors.