Grand jury seeks to nullify union vote again |

Grand jury seeks to nullify union vote again

Dave Moller and Jeff Pelline
Staff Writers

The Nevada County Grand Jury has criticized the Board of Supervisors – again – about a union election held at the Rood Center last summer.

As it did in a January report, the grand jury continues to maintain the election should be declared “null and void” because the county and union didn’t follow proper procedures, according to a second report issued this week.

In its conclusion, the grand jury reiterated the union election was held “without the advance notice required” under the legal procedures.

Although the board said the union’s posting of the election three working days prior and five days in total was legal, the grand jury still contends the five working days requirement was not met.

The report stemmed from a grand jury investigation of agency shop elections after receiving complaints from 30 county employees that they had no notice of the elections. The elections were held in August 2007.

Assistant County Executive Officer Laura Matteson could not say Tuesday whether the county would follow the grand jury’s recommendation.

“We will provide a response (to the grand jury) for the board and they will review it,” Matteson said.

In the board’s first response to the grand jury in late March, supervisors said the State Mediation Service already had upheld the election and rejected a formal protest of the vote.

In addition, the county’s labor lawyers have advised the supervisors the grand jury has no jurisdiction in the matter.

The union, Stationary Engineers, Local 39, also has sent a letter saying any county investigation of the union shop election is a waste of public funds because only the state Public Employment Relations Board has jurisdiction.

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