ACT NO. 194
State employees labor relations act
This act changes aspects of the labor laws affecting state employees as follows:
1. Restricts introduction into evidence of negotiation compromises, unless both parties agree.
2. References a single fact finder rather than a fact-finding panel to reflect present realities and practices and removes payment limitations for fact-finding to the going charge.
3. Extends the time after transmittal of findings that the dispute continues from 15 days to a minimum of 20 days, and a maximum of 50 days if agreed to by the parties, for each party to file with the labor relations board its last best offer, which are to be filed sealed and unsealed only after both parties have filed and to be considered as a package unless the board determines that in order to avoid undesirable results, it must consider single issues.
4. As a technical correction to correspond to existing law, the University of Vermont has been specifically included in 3 V.S.A. § 982(f). Also in the case of the state of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges, and the University of Vermont, if a dispute remains unresolved, the existing contract shall remain in effect until resolution, unless both parties agree to modification of contract provisions, rather than requiring the secretary of administration to make rules to assure the "uninterrupted and efficient conduct of state business."
Effective Date: July 1, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street