A California Court of Appeal has affirmed a preliminary injunction against the city of Costa Mesa, which attempted to contract out work currently performed by city employees. The union representing city employees—the Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association (CMCEA)—sought the injunction, alleging the city’s actions violated state law.
The controversy stems from a March 2011 Costa Mesa City Council decision to outsource street sweeping, animal control, jail operations, information technology, payroll,and building inspection functions. The city then sent layoff notices to more than 100 workers who were represented by CMCEA.
CMCEA filed a complaint in Superior Court seeking injunctive relief and arguing that the city’s outsourcing plan violated government code sections 37103 and 53060. The Court of Appeal agreed the move violated not only state law, but the city’s collective bargaining agreement.