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July 2010: California Supreme Court Sides with Public Employee Unions

In a unanimous decision on July 1, 2010, the California Supreme Court settled a long-running dispute between California's local government employers and the unions representing their employees. In the most-watched public sector case of the year, the Court found that these public entity employers may no longer go directly to Superior Court and ask the court to enjoin employees from striking in order to protect the public from alleged health or safety risks. Instead, such employers must file charges with the Public Employment Relations Board, and the employers are entitled to injunctive relief only to the extent that the agency determines that such relief is warranted and then goes to court to obtain injunctive relief on the employers’ behalf.

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