Did you know SRCEA began as vehicle for all employees of the City of Santa Rosa to consolidate concerns and issues related to work conditions and benefits? It's true. Members of all departments and at all levels within the City were represented. It was actually more of a social association, with monthly meetings being hosted at various sites throughout the city, and things like group health insurance policies being the topic of discussion. The meetings always ended with refreshments being served and an annual picnic and dinner were typical. Of course the City was a lot smaller and records show that in 1957 the dues were less then $4.00 a year.

But City employees of yore had no bargaining rights. The Federal Government's National Relations Act, the basic labor law of the United States, excludes local and state government employees. Since the Federal Government had explicitly left out this group of workers, most states began enacting their own set of governing rules. In 1961, California adopted the George Brown Act, but this set of laws was quickly dismantled
with amendments and such. Then in 1968, California adopted the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. This act removed local government employees from the Brown Act and established a new set of laws governing the ways local entities bargained and dealt with employee and employee relations.

Once this act was adopted, it changed the way each local government dealt with employee relations. The key to this set of laws was the fundamental  provision that allowed agencies, e.g. cities, to grant exclusive representation to an employee organization, for specific groups of employees contained within a bargaining unit. The act also provided that once an organization was granted representation for a unit, it is obligated to represent all employees of that unit (whether or not they are active members). Employees may still represent themselves directly with their employer, although not for bargaining employment terms and conditions. The City of Santa Rosa soon implemented the MMB Act and thus created the various bargaining units. SRCEA was granted representation for Units #4, #6 and #7.  It became the responsibility of

the SRCEA to ensure "Memorandums of Understanding" were generated between the City of Santa Rosa and each of these three units. These MOUs outline the working terms and conditions.

As time passed groups of employees have moved in and out of bargaining units, but SRCEA has proudly served to secure numerous benefits and sufficient compensation for those employees represented by the association.  Today the SRCEA does not function as a social group, but we still have a good party once a year to celebrate the membership. Although membership is not a requirement (we are not an agency shop), about 75% of all employee in the three units continue to be active members.


For more information:
  Meyers-Milias-Brown Act
  MOUs for each Unit
  Becoming an Active Member