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179A.101 COURT UNITS.
    Subdivision 1. Court employee units. (a) The state court administrator shall meet and
negotiate with the exclusive representative of each of the units specified in this section. The units
provided in this section are the only appropriate units for court employees. Court employees,
unless otherwise excluded, are included within the units which include the classifications to which
they are assigned for purposes of compensation. Initial assignment of classifications to bargaining
units shall be made by the state court administrator by August 15 of the year preceding the year
in which the state assumes the cost of court administration in the judicial district in which the
bargaining unit is located. An exclusive representative may appeal the initial assignment decision
of the state court administrator by filing a petition with the commissioner within 45 days of
being certified as the exclusive representative for a judicial district. The units in this subdivision
are the appropriate units of court employees.
(b) The Judicial District Unit consists of clerical, administrative, and technical employees
of a judicial district under section 480.181, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), or of two or more of
these districts that are represented by the same employee organization or one or more subordinate
bodies of the same employee organization. The judicial district unit includes individuals,
not otherwise excluded, whose work is typically clerical or secretarial in nature, including
nontechnical data recording and retrieval and general office work, and individuals, not otherwise
excluded, whose work is not typically manual and which requires specialized knowledge or skills
acquired through two-year academic programs or equivalent experience or on-the-job training.
(c) The Appellate Courts Unit consists of clerical, administrative, and technical employees
of the Court of Appeals and clerical, administrative, and technical employees of the Supreme
Court. The Appellate Courts Unit includes individuals, not otherwise excluded, whose work is
typically clerical or secretarial in nature, including nontechnical data recording and retrieval and
general office work, and individuals, not otherwise excluded, whose work is not typically manual
and which requires specialized knowledge or skills acquired through two-year academic programs
or equivalent experience or on-the-job training.
(d) The Court Employees Professional Employee Unit consists of professional employees,
not otherwise excluded, that are employed by the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or a
judicial district under section 480.181, subdivision 1, paragraph (b).
(e) The Court Employees Court Reporter Unit consists of court reporters not otherwise
excluded who are employed by a judicial district under section 480.181, subdivision 1, paragraph
(a).
(f) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or any other law to the contrary, judges
may appoint and remove court reporters at their pleasure.
(g) Copies of collective bargaining agreements entered into under this section must be
submitted to the Legislative Coordinating Commission for the commission's information.
    Subd. 2. Exclusions. The following employees are excluded from the appropriate units
under subdivision 1:
(1) personal secretaries to judges;
(2) law clerks;
(3) managerial employees;
(4) confidential employees; and
(5) supervisory employees.
    Subd. 3. Employee organizations representing more than one judicial district unit.
Whenever an employee organization or one or more subordinate bodies of the same employee
organization is certified as the exclusive representative of the employees in more than one
judicial district unit, all judicial district units for which the employee organization or one or more
subordinate bodies of the same employee organization has been certified will be combined into
one unit and the employee organization certified as exclusive representative of the employees of
the new, combined unit. The commissioner shall issue a certification within 45 days of receipt
of a petition demonstrating that an employee organization or one or more subordinate bodies of
the same employee organization is certified as the exclusive representative of employees in
more than one judicial district unit.
History: 1999 c 216 art 7 s 9; 2000 c 345 s 2,3; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 5 s 2

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