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Introduced by Representatives Larson of Burlington, Davis of Washington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Haas of Rochester, Moran of Wardsboro, Pearson of Burlington, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol, Weston of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Labor; labor organizations; employee free choice; bargaining representative; card check elections  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to assure employee free choice in forming a labor organization by permitting card check elections.


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

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. § 941(g) and (h) are amended to read:

(g)(1)  In determining the representation of state employees in a collective bargaining unit the board shall conduct a secret ballot of the employees and certify the results to the interested parties and to the state employer.  The original ballot shall be so prepared as to permit a vote against representation by anyone named on the ballot.  No representative will be certified with less than a majority of the votes cast.

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(4)  Notwithstanding subdivisions (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection, if the board determines that the petition filed bears the signatures of 50 percent plus one or more of the employees in the proposed bargaining unit, it shall certify the petitioner as the bargaining representative.  Certification under this subdivision applies only when no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit.

(h)  A representative chosen by secret ballot for the purposes of collective bargaining by a majority of the votes cast or certified by the board pursuant to subdivision (g)(4) of this section shall be the exclusive representative of all the employees in such the unit for a minimum of one year.  Such The representative shall be eligible for reelection or recertification pursuant to subdivision (g)(4) of this section.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont