The California Supreme Court says financially struggling cities and counties aren't required to consult with employee unions before deciding to lay off workers.
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In the ruling, the state Supreme Court agreed with the California Public Employment Relations Board that work force reductions made for financial reasons aren't subject to collective bargaining.
What still must be negotiated between municipalities and unions includes the number of employees to be let go, the timing and the effect on those left behind.