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Senate Bill 2140 (Burton 2000)

Chapter 1010, Statutes of 2000

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Numerous sections of the Government Code were affected in 2000 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 2140.  (See Exhibit #1e)  Senator John L. Burton, as lead author introduced the bill on February 25, 2000, on behalf of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the California Judicial Council, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the California Association of Counties (CSAC).  (See Exhibits #1a and #12b, page 1) 


Senate Bill 2140 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibits #2 and #9) Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 2140 during legislative consideration.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 2140 on September 29, 2000, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 30, 2000 as Chapter 1010 of the Statutes of 2000.  (See Exhibits #1e and #2)


The Third Reading analysis prepared for the Assembly Committee on Judiciary provided the following summary of Senate Bill 2140 as it was last amended on August 25, 2000:


SUMMARY: Adopts the unanimous recommendations of the Task Force on Trial Court Employees for establishing a uniform employment status scheme for court personnel. Specifically, this bill, among other things:


1)         Labor Relations: Adopts a mechanism for setting the terms and conditions of trial court employment, incorporating various provisions of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act; provides that recognized employee organizations and court representatives shall utilize the "meet and confer" process; and requires each court to adopt a procedure, such as mediation, as a preliminary step before petitioning the Court of Appeal for relief.


2)          Employment Protection System: Establishes a trial court employee protection system to generally replace applicable county systems.


3)         Employment, Section, and Advancement System:  . . .


4)         Defined-Benefit Retirement Plan: …


5)         Benefits: …


6)         Deferred Compensation Plan Benefits: …


7)         Transition: Provides that memoranda of understanding shall remain in effect until expiration or amendment, subject to meet and confer. This bill further provides that current employee organizations shall be recognized upon implementation of the personnel system. However, unrepresented employees are to be governed by their current personnel policies, which the court retains previously held rights to revise. Finally, this bill provides that the current classification, salary rate, and seniority of court employees shall remain the same and that disciplinary actions initiated before implementation of the personnel system shall remain in effect.

(See Exhibit #11, pages 1 and 2)