Che I. Johnson

Che I. Johnson Partner

Che Johnson has over ten years of experience providing advice and counsel to public employers regarding all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including: complex negotiations and collective bargaining issues, wage and hour concerns, employee discipline, and claims of discrimination and harassment.  Che has represented a wide array of public entities including, cities, counties, community college districts, and special districts across California. 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.

Prior to joining LCW, Che worked with a national full-service firm where he represented employers in employment litigation matters. Che has represented various State agencies and departments in labor and employment matters arising under the Ralph C. Dills Act. Che has also worked in the General Counsel's Office for the Public Employment Relations Board as a Board Agent. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Ceres - General Unit; Police Officers Unit; Fire Unit; LIUNA.

City of Pismo Beach - SEIU; Police Officers Association.

City of Riverbank – LIUNA; Mid-Managers.

City of Tehachapi - General Unit; Police Officers Unit.

City of Atascadero - IAFF

City of Grover Beach - POA; Public Works.

City of Arroyo Grande - SEIU Negotiations.

City of Delano - POA.

City of Petaluma - Fire Unit - Binding Interest Arbitration.

City of Porterville – IAFF.

County of Fresno - Factfinding with SEIU Local 521, Fresno County District Attorney Association and District Attorney Investigators.

County of Shasta - Factfinding General Unit.

County of Mendocino - Factfinding with SEIU Local 1021.

County of Kings - Fire Unit; Probation; Detentions; General Unit; Deputy Sheriffs; Deputy DA; SEIU.

County of Tulare - Fire Unit; Detentions; DA investigators; Welfare investigators; Physicians.

County of Kerns – Factfinding for two tables.

County of Monterey – Nurses Unit.

Exeter Ambulance District - Teamsters.

Allan Hancock Community College - Faculty Negotiations.

No. Kern So. Tulare Hospital District – SEIU.

LITIGATION

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

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law (2013-2017)

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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

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.

Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that nine LCW attorneys were recognized by the Super Lawyers for their work in labor and employment law.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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

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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10 September 2020
10 September 2020

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

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

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