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Know Your Rights Overview

As a classified employee of Mt. SAC, you have many rights protected not only by your collective bargaining agreement (PDF) negotiated with the District but also by numerous laws, including the California Education Code, Welfare & Institutions Code, Government Code, and many others. These rights are a foundation upon which CSEA Chapter 262 has negotiated your contract. Additional rights, though not formally negotiated, may be granted by local school district policy or binding memorandums of understanding (MOU) between CSEA and Mt. SAC.

Some examples of rights you have are listed here. Click on the CSEA Know Your Rights Guide, which gives you an explanation of what your rights are, cites the applicable codes and laws that give you those rights, and also notes important case law that upholds these rights. This information is the best tool you have for protecting yourself from violations of your rights.

As always, if you feel you or a colleague's rights have been violated or you have questions about your rights, do not hesitate to call the Chief Job Steward (email) or any member of the Chapter Executive Board at ext. 4413.

Remember, CSEA works for you to protect your rights.

Online Resources

The following are links to online resources for Job Stewards or anyone wanting more information about your rights as an employee.

  • California Government Code: Section 3540 establishes the rights of employees to form unions, defines employer-employee relations, and gives unions the right to meet and negotiate with employers. This section also defines the employee types, including “classified” and “supervisory” employees. All stewards should become familiar with this language.
  • California Labor Code: This code establishes many of the rights and protections of employees, including the definition of a workday and workweek, right to breaks and meal periods, and the right to earn overtime. Stewards should be familiar with these codes, particular Sections 200, 500, and 1126.
  • California Education Code: This code is the main code for rights and protections of community college classified employees, particularly Division 7 Community Colleges. Other protections are found in Division 8 California State University (also known as the Higher Education Employee Relations Acts or HEERA).
  • California Public Employee Relations Board
  • Ralph C. Dills Act
  • Educational Employees Relations Act
  • Higher Education Employees Relations Act
  • PERB Decision Search Engine: If you need to search for or research past unfair practices, this page is the source of all PERB decisions. It’s not a great search engine, but finding relevant information can be done if you are familiar with how the search engine works and is cross-referenced.

CSEA Know Your Rights Guide

The CSEA Know Your Rights Guide (PDF) gives you an explanation of what your rights are, cites the applicable codes and laws that give you those rights, and also notes important case law that upholds these rights. This information is the best tool you have for protecting yourself from violations of your rights.

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Scope of Representation
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline & Due Process
  • Hours of Employment
  • Layoffs
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Overtime Pay
  • Personnel Files
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Unemployment
  • Wages
  • Workers' Compensation