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Manteca may oppose plan to give employees say on personnel boards
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Manteca’s elected leaders may go on record opposing a proposed state law that would mandate half of the appointees to city personnel commissions to come from a list provided by every city’s biggest employee bargaining group.

Assembly Bill 455 being advanced by Nora Campos, D-San Jose would modify the existing ground rules for general law cities such as Manteca that gives the elected City Council the power to decide who serves on personnel commissions that address everything from merit pay issues to establishing qualification, and the removal of employees.

If adopted it would mean that a city’s largest public employee group would control half of the commission established by law as part of the process to deal with employment-related concerns.

City Manager Steve Pinkerton is recommending that the council take a position against the proposed law and to send letters to Sacramento representatives imploring them not to support it.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center Street.