Currrent as of February 4, 2022

Assembly Bill No. 2017

Introduced by Assembly Member Chiu
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Gloria and Gonzalez Fletcher)

February 05, 2018

An act to amend Sections 3550 and 3552 of the Government Code, relating to public employees.


AB 2017, as amended, Chiu. Public employers: employee organizations.

Existing law prohibits a public employer, as defined, from deterring or discouraging public employees from becoming or remaining members of an employee organization. Under existing law, a public employer is defined, for these purposes, to include counties, cities, districts, the state, schools, transit districts, the University of California, and the California State University, among others. Existing law grants the Public Employment Relations Board jurisdiction over violations of these provisions.

This bill would include in the definition of “public employer” under these provisions those employers of excluded supervisory employees and judicial council employees and would include in the definition of “public employee” those employees of a public transit agency with specified labor relation provisions. The bill would additionally prohibit a public employer from deterring or discouraging prospective public employees, as defined, from becoming or remaining members of an employee organization.

Vote: majority   Appropriation: no   Fiscal Committee: yes   Local Program: no



Section 3550 of the Government Code is amended to read:


A public employer shall not deter or discourage public employees or prospective public employees from becoming or remaining members of an employee organization.

SEC. 2.

Section 3552 of the Government Code is amended to read:


For the purpose of this chapter:

(a) “Employee organization” means an employee organization within the meaning of the provisions listed in subdivision (c).

(b) “Prospective public employee” means an applicant for public employment, including, but not limited to, an individual who attends an orientation to become a provider of in-home supportive services pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 9 of, or Section 14132.95, 14132.952, or 14132.956 of, the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(c) “Public employee” means an employee granted rights by the provisions listed in subdivision (d) or an employee of a public transit agency, the labor relations of which are regulated by provisions in the Public Utilities Code.

(d) “Public employer” means any employer subject to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500), Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512), Chapter 10.4 (commencing with Section 3524.50), Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 3525), Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540), or Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 3560) of Division 4 of Title 1, Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 71600) or Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 71800) of Title 8 of this code, or Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 99560) of Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, or Section 12302.25 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.


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AB 2017