The Public Employment Relations Board dismissed Trinity County's charge against UPEC stemming from a strike conducted by the UPEC General Unit employees last March. The County alleged that the strike was illegal on the theory that the parties had re-entered negotiations following a previous strike in late 2014. After reviewing the evidence presented by the County to support its claim, PERB stated that the County's charge was without merit and failed to state that a violation had occured.
A finding that the strike was illegal would have been a serious matter as UPEC could then be held liable for financial damages that the strike caused the County.
Ditectly related to this same strike is UPEC's charge against the County that County CAO Wendy Tyler retaliated against employees by threatening discipline for participating in the strike. This charge is pending review by PERB. It appears that we will get our day before PERB on this charge as unlike the County charge, it has not been dismissed at the prelimiinary screening step of PERB's review process.
Following this second strike, the General Unit settled its dispute when the County increased its offer 2%.