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ACT NO. 1.  AN ACT RELATING TO THE VERMONT STATE COLLEGES COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT.

(H.1)

(SPECIAL SESSION)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  H.516 of the 2005 Session, the fiscal year 2006 Omnibus Appropriations Act, as passed by the House and Senate on June 4, 2005, is amended by striking Sec. 178a in its entirety and by inserting a new Sec. 178a to read:

Sec. 178a.  VERMONT STATE COLLEGES; COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

                   AGREEMENT

(a)  The last best offer of the Vermont State Colleges recommended to the General Assembly by the Vermont Labor Relations Board in accordance with 3 V.S.A. § 925(i) shall be the collective bargaining agreement for full-time faculty between the Vermont State Colleges and the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Federation. 

(b)  3 V.S.A. § 925(i) is amended to read:

(i)  If the dispute remains unresolved 15 days after transmittal of findings and recommendations, each party shall submit as a single package its last best offer on all disputed issues to the board.  Each party’s last best offer shall be certified as such to the board by the fact-finding panel.  The board may hold hearings as it deems appropriate.  Within 30 days of the certifications it shall select between the last best offers of the parties, considered in their entirety without amendment.  In the case of the state of Vermont or the Vermont state colleges, the board shall recommend its choice to the general assembly as the bargaining agreement which shall become effective subject to appropriations by the general assembly.  The board shall determine the cost of the package selected and request the appropriation necessary to fund the recommendation.  In the case of the University of Vermont or the Vermont State Colleges, the decision of the board shall be final and binding on each party.  Nothing herein precludes the general assembly from enacting laws amending provisions of any collective bargaining agreement involving the state of Vermont or the Vermont state colleges arrived at under this section.

(c)  This subsection and subsection (a) of this section shall take effect from passage.  Subsection (b) shall take effect July 1, 2005.

Approved:  June 22, 2005



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