SBCO

Tuesday, June 21, 2106 – 10:30 a.m.

A long-running and costly legal battle between San Bernardino County, it’s Office of the Public Defender, and the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association just ended with the county getting slammed by a state agency.

Several years ago, Former San Bernardino County Public Defender Doreen Boxer didn’t like the idea of Deputy District Attorney’s, acting as union representatives for her lawyers in disciplinary actions, showing up at her office.

So Boxer and the county counsel’s office moved to put a stop to it.

The result has been a long-running legal action between the union and county that has traversed the superior court and Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside.

Eventually the matter finally wound up in the hands of the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which has just ended the dispute in favor of the union.

PERB, in its decision, found that the county violated state law when it interfered with the union’s right to determine how to represent its members, ordered the county to cease and desist from unilaterally changing the collective bargaining agreement between the county and the union and reversed the discipline of a member, who refused to interviewed without a union representative.

The PERB Notice of Decision was posted by current Public Defender Phyllis Morris on June 20.

It would be interesting to see just how much taxpayer money was spent on this huge waste of time and effort.