On September 10, 1999, 54 tribal governments entered into historic tribal-state compacts with the State of California. The Compact required tribal governments with more than 250 employees to adopt a Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance (TLRO) to address organizational and representational rights of employees. The landmark TLRO granted unions access to eligible employees to discuss organization and representation issues.
The TLRO was the “product of extensive negotiations between labor and the tribes who are signatory” to the 1999 compact, and was endorsed by then Senate President pro Tem John Burton and Speaker of the Assembly Antonio Villaraigosa.
Please see the following link for 1999 Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance.