California's Ralph C. Dills Act defines state collective-bargaining rights
Enacted in 1977, this California law by Sen. Ralph C. Dills formalized collective bargaining rights for state employees. Among its many rights, the Dills Act...
WHY IT MATTERS
Prior to the Dills Act, California state employees did not have union representation. Although our civil service system, CalPERS and some other laws and systems were in place, state employees still didn’t have a voice in facility issues, salaries, professional concerns, and much more.
“In the past, the state would just unilaterally implement changes in working conditions, and we wouldn’t even have the right to contest them,” said recently retired CAPT Chief Representative Ken Murch, who helped bargain the first-ever state employee contract, thanks to the Dills Act. “Now we can grieve issues, address work rules, bargain for salaries and other items, have representation, use binding arbitration and concentrate on occupational needs. The act really helped equal the playing field in state service.”
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"The Dills Act, embodied in Government Code Sections 3512-3524, originally called the State Employer-Employee Relations Act) was enacted in 1977 and formalized collective bargaining for State employees. The Act did the following: