Che I. Johnson

Che I. Johnson Partner

Che Johnson represents a wide array of public entities across California including: cities, counties, community college districts, and special districts.  He has over a decade of valuable experience representing and providing advice and counsel to public employers regarding all aspects of labor relations and employment law. 

His practice areas include complex negotiations and collective bargaining issues, wage and hour concerns, employee discipline, and claims of discrimination and harassment. He has specific expertise in representing clients in labor negotiations and administrative hearings such as hearings before the Public Employment Relations Board, binding arbitration, fact-finding hearings and employee disciplinary appeals.

Che has extensive expertise and knowledge of the state and federal labor and employment laws that affect public agencies including: the MMBA, EERA, ADA, FMLA, CRFA, EPSL, FLSA, POBR, FOBR, CPRA, Brown Act, and FLSA.  He is also a preferred public speaker, who regular speaks on these subjects at various conferences and trainings.

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

NEGOTIATIONS

Central California

Fresno County – Fact-Finding hearings for SEIU Local 521, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Association and District Attorney Investigators.

Kings County – SEIU Local 521, CLOCEA, DSA, IAFF, Probation, Detentions, Deputy DAs, IHSS.

Tulare County – Fire, Probation, Physicians, DA Investigators.

Kern County – Corrections Fact-finding.

City of Madera – POA, General Unit, Fact-Finding.

City of Ceres – POA, IAFF, LIUNA.

City of Delano – POA, General Unit, Supervisors.

City of Dinuba – POA, General Unit.

City of Porterville – IAFF.

City of Riverbank – LIUNA; Mid-Managers.

City of Tehachapi - General Unit; Police Officers Unit.

No. Kern So. Tulare Hospital District – SEIU Local 2015.

Central Coast

Monterey County – SEIU Local 521, MCRNA (Nurse Unit), Deputy DAs, Public Defenders, Correctional.

City of Paso Robles – SEIU Local 620, IAFF, POA.

City of Pismo Beach – SEIU Local 620; POA.

City of Atascadero - IAFF.

City of Grover Beach – SEIU Local 620; POA.

City of Arroyo Grande – SEIU Local 620, POA.

Five City Fire Authority – IAFF.

City of Santa Maria – SEIU Local 620, POA.

City of Salinas – SEIU Local 521 and POA. 

Other Areas

Calaveras County – SEIU Local 1021, DSA, Corrections.

Mendocino County – SEIU Local 1021 Fact-Finding.

City of Petaluma - IAFF- Binding Interest Arbitration.

Shasta County - Fact-Finding General Unit.

Tehama County – Fact-Finding.

LITIGATION

SEIU Local 1021 vs. San Joaquin County (2020) (PERB Cas No. SA-CE-1095-M) – Dismissed SEIU unfair practice charge alleging violation of access rights to employer work area at the public employment relations board.

McGill vs City of Porterville (2019) – Sustained a firefighter termination for timecard reporting irregularities before retired Judge Broadman.

Barr vs. County of Calaveras (2018) – Obtained a defense verdict in allegations against the County.

San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association vs. City of San Luis Obispo (2017) (PERB No. LA-CE-729-M) – Resolution of UPC alleging failure to meet and confer regarding voter initiate changes to repeal interest arbitration.

College of Siskiyous Faculty Association vs. College of Siskiyous Joint Community College District (2016) (PERB Case No. SA-CE-2682) – Dismissed UPC allegations against the District of retaliation, Discrimination, unilateral change, and transferring of bargaining unit work concerning assignment of duties and discipline of District employee.

MACEA vs. City of Madera (2016) (PERB Case. No. SA-CE-932-M) – Dismissal of UPC at PERB alleging violation of local rules and EERR.

SEIU Local 521 vs. County of Fresno (2015) (PERB Case No. SA-CE-768-M) – Dismissal of UPC at PERB alleging bad faith bargaining and unilateral imposition of concessions.

I.C. vs Mariposa County (2014) - Sustained an employee discipline for insubordination, discourteous treatment of supervisor and co-worker, and conduct causing discredit to an agency.

James Lopez v. City of Monrovia (2013) - Obtained a full defense verdict in an employee disability accommodation case where Plaintiff argued that the City failed to engage in the interactive process and failed to accommodate his injury. The jury found that the City acted in good faith in the interactive process. The jury also found that the plaintiff could not perform the essential functions of his job since he would not tell the City what he believed his limitations were.

College of the Siskiyous Faculty Association vs. College of the Siskiyous (2013) - Obtained a defense verdict before the Public Employment Relations Board regarding allegations of unfair labor practice. It was determined that the District had a management right to unilaterally assign work, including non-instructional duties.

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

Nov 16, 2020 Press Release

LCW to Present Nine Workshops at the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Virtual Conference

We are pleased to present and sponsor the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Conference taking place virtually this week (November 16 – 20)!  Don’t miss our nine scheduled conference presentations by our expert speakers.  Topics include negotiating in difficult times, telecommuting issues, public safety disability accommodations, and much, much more. 

Jul 31, 2020

Post-Janus Power Shift of California's Private and Public Sector Unions

Partner Che I. Johnson and Associate Kevin J. Chicas authored the Daily Journal article, "Post-Janus Power Shift of California's Private and Public Sector Unions," discussing how as private sector management rights grow, public sector employers are seeing a growing imbalance.

Jan 7, 2020

How California public agencies can reform pension benefits

This article originally published in American City & County. 

In 2011, after the Great Recession left California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) only 61 percent funded, the Little Hoover Commission gave a dire warning: “California’s pension plans are dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefit promises, wishful thinking and an unwillingness to plan prudently. Unless aggressive reforms are implemented now, the problem will get far worse, forcing counties and cities to severely reduce services and lay off employees to meet pension obligations.

Dec 17, 2019

Pension Reform Options for California Public Agencies

Che I. Johnson and Lars T. Reed authored this article for the Daily Journal.

Nov 6, 2019

How California Public Agencies Can Reform Pension Benefits

This article appeared on Law360.

In 2011, in a report that led to the enactment of the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act (“PEPRA”), the Little Hoover Commission gave a dire warning: 

California’s pension plans are dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefit promises, wishful thinking and an unwillingness to plan prudently. Unless aggressive reforms are implemented now, the problem will get far worse, forcing counties and cities to severely reduce services and lay off employees to meet pension obligations.

Feb 13, 2019

Constructive Receipt

We are excited to continue our video series – Tips from the Table. In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. We hope that you will find these clips informative and helpful in your negotiations.

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

15 April 2021
Consortium Trainings

Terminating the Employment Relationship

Imperial Valley ERC Webinar
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15 April 2021
Consortium Trainings

Terminating the Employment Relationship

Central Coast ERC Webinar
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13 January 2021
Consortium Trainings

Labor Negotiations from Beginning to End

Central Valley ERC Webinar
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19 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

Meet & Confer Obligations During An Emergency: Lessons Learned From COVID-19 & Preparing For The Next Crisis

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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28 October 2020
Consortium Trainings

Unfair Practice Charges and PERB

Central Valley ERC Webinar
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30 September 2020
Customized Trainings

Meet and Confer and Nuts and Bolts of Negotiations

City of Bakersfield Webinar
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Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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