Public Employment Relations Boards ( Perbs )

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Public Employment Relations Boards (PERBs) are federal government or state appointed agencies that are responsible for resolving collective bargaining disputes, determining the bargaining units, monitoring representing elections, selecting a bargaining agent and solving the employment and labor related disputes of employees working in the public sector. Bargaining is the process through which employers and employees negotiate the terms of work and set them down in a formal contract that lays out all of the rules and regulations. Each side nominates a representative, so both labor and management are able to convey their terms and conditions and reach a mutually satisfactory agreement. Public Employment Relations Boards (PERBs) also ensure that the employees of public sector departments are not at the receiving end of any unfair labor practices. This paper will examine three Public Employment Relations Boards, the ones for California, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The California Public Employment Relations Board is responsible for governing a total of eight collective bargaining statutes relevant to public sector employees of the state of California. These employees include those individuals, who are working directly for the state, in the state’s public educational institutions (schools and colleges), for the state’s local public agencies (each county, city and district), employees and interpreters of the state trial courts, those that fall under the “In-Home

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