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S.F. court clerks union accused of breaking law with 1-day strike

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 24, 2014

A state labor board says the union representing San Francisco Superior Court clerks must answer charges that it violated state law in last week’s one-day strike that disrupted court operations.

Service Employees International Union Local 1021 walked out Oct. 14 in protest of court officials’ refusal to agree to a pay raise. The court’s executive officer, T. Michael Yuen, called the strike illegal and said it violated a no-strike provision in the union’s contract.

The court filed a complaint with the state Public Employment Relations Board, whose general counsel on Tuesday issued allegations against the union.

By calling the strike without advance notice, and by disregarding the no-strike pledge, the union “failed and refused to meet and confer in good faith” with court officials, in violation of state law, the board’s attorney said.

The board’s lawyer also said the strike “included employees whose absence created a substantial and imminent threat to public health or safety.” The complaint did not identify the employees, but said the union had acted illegally by authorizing or encouraging essential employees to withdraw their services. 

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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