Introduced by Representatives Niquette of Colchester, McAllister of Highgate, Dates of Shelburne, DePoy of Rutland City, Donahue of Northfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Green of Berlin, Hutchinson of Randolph, Kennedy of Chelsea, Koch of Barre Town, Marcotte of Coventry, Myers of Essex, Parent of St. Albans City, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Winters of Swanton and Wright of Burlington
Subject: Education; regional bargaining districts; blue ribbon commission
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to create a blue ribbon commission on regional teacher contract negotiations and to direct it to recommend 12 to 15 regions for conduct of teacher contract negotiation.
AN ACT RELATING TO REGIONAL BARGAINING OF TEACHER CONTRACTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. REGIONAL BARGAINING OF TEACHER CONTRACTS
(a) There is created a blue ribbon commission on regional teacher contract negotiations to consist of two senators appointed by the committee on committees, two representatives appointed by the speaker of the house, the commissioner of education, two members of the state board of education chosen by the state board, and two members appointed by the governor.
(b) The purpose of the commission shall be to develop a proposal for the creation of 12 to 15 geographic regions for the purpose of negotiations leading to a single teacher contract within each region. Regional negotiations shall be conducted in the manner laid out in chapter 57 of Title 16 except that the school boards and teachers within the region shall each select one negotiating unit.
(c) The commission shall hold public hearings in different geographic regions throughout Vermont and following the hearings shall recommend to the general assembly geographic boundaries, a process for conduct of regional negotiations, and a process for transition to a regional bargaining system.
(d) The commission shall hold at least four public hearings, may meet up to 12 times, and shall receive staff services from the department of education and the legislative council. Members shall receive a per diem and expenses pursuant to 32 V.S.A. §§ 406 and 1010. The commission shall make its recommendations to the general assembly on or before September 15, 2007.
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