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Appellate Court upholds City of San Diego’s pension reform measure against unfair labor practices charge

Overview

In City of San Diego v. Public Employee Relations Board (April 11, 2017), the Fourth District Court of Appeal considered an unfair labor practices challenge brought by unions against the city of San Diego under the state's Meyers-Milias-Brown Act ("MMBA").

The unions alleged that the city's mayor's involvement with a 2012 pension reform initiative converted a citizen-sponsored initiative ("CPRI") to a city-sponsored measure, thereby requiring the city to engage in meet-and-confer under MMBA before placing the measure on the ballot, which the city failed to do.