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Collective Bargaining Process

Since the passage of collective bargaining (Ralph C. Dills Act), the Department of Human Resources (CalHR), as the Governor's representative on labor relations matters, has negotiated wages, hours, and other working conditions covering represented employees. Approximately 135,000 employees have been placed in one of 21 different bargaining units by the Public Employment Relations Board, which oversees the administration of the Act. CalHR normally begins negotiations in January and concludes by late June or early July in the years that contracts expire. In order for the contracts to be implemented, the Legislature must ratify negotiated contracts when the expenditure of new funds are required.