The North Orange County Community College District is holding an election in the summer of 2019 to determine whether or not classified personnel (including managers and confidential employees) desire the implementation of a Merit System at NOCCCD. California Assembly Bill 999, known as the "Merit System," was established and enacted into law in 1935, to provide statutory protection to classified employees through the Education Code against politically or personally motivated employment, promotion, discipline, or dismissal actions.
If passed, the Merit System would be administered by a Personnel Commission. The Personnel Commission "is an independent body authorized by the state to be responsible for certain personnel matters affecting classified school employees." It is composed of three people, one appointed by the Board of Trustees, one appointed by CSEA, and one agreed upon by the first two. The Personnel Commission is unpaid unless authorized by the Board of Trustees to receive a stipend of $50 per meeting. The Personnel Commission will hire a staff to perform its duties. Comparable Personnel Commission budgets for other California community colleges range between $597,000 to $1.36 million (see posted budgets here).
At the April 9 Board of Trustees meeting, members of CSEA filed a petition asking to hold an election for the establishment of a merit system for NOCCCD. Human Resources has examined the petition and found that it is valid. As such, under Education Code section 88051, the governing board is required to undertake a number of activities to be completed within 120 days of the date the petition was submitted. These activities include all of the following, which are taken directly from Education Code sections 88051(b) and (c):
As the 120-day deadline will occur on August 7, 2019.