At the April 9 NOCCCD 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):
- Obtain the services of competent and qualified persons to present the pros and cons of the merit system. The classified employees who submitted the petition may select the person or persons to present the proponent position on the issue.
- Provide adequate and ample opportunity for all classified personnel to attend one or more of the above-referenced presentations.
- After complying with Paragraphs (1) and (2) above, conduct an election by secret ballot of the classified personnel to determine whether or not they desire to make the merit system applicable to the district. The Board can direct the administration to establish a balloting process and hold the election. "Classified personnel" includes all classified employees, including represented, unrepresented, supervisory, managerial, confidential and executive officer employees.
- The governing board then appoints a three-person tabulating committee to canvass the ballots and present the results to the governing board. If a simple majority votes in favor of the merit system, then the system becomes applicable in the district.
- The tabulating committee certifies the results of the election to the governing board at the next regular or special meeting of the board following the date the committee completes tabulation of the votes. If the tabulating committee completes the tabulation on the same day that the governing board meets in regular or special session, the committee shall certify the results of the election to the board at that meeting.
As the 120-day deadline will occur on August 7, 2019, below is an estimated timeline for the dissemination of information and collection of ballots.
|May 14, 2019
||Presentation to the Board of Trustees
|June 5, 2019
||Management Retreat presentation
|June 11 & 25, 2019
||Updates to the Board of Trustees at Board meetings
|July 9, 10, & 11, 2019
||Campus information sessions/presentations
|End of July 2019
||Voting period and ballots counted
|July 23, 2019
||Voting result reported to the Board of Trustees at Board meeting