SB 0120 Establishes good faith employee negotiations for certain public employees
LR Number:0134S.01I Fiscal Note:0134-01
Committee:Labor and Industrial Relations
Last Action:01/18/01 - Second Read and Referred S Labor & Industrial Journal page:S116
Relations Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 120 - This act allows public employees not otherwise exempted to elect designees to participate in good faith negotiations with public bodies.

The act applies to state and local government employees, except: Deputy Sheriffs, Highway Patrol, National Guard, elected and appointed officials, members of boards and commissions, employees in personnel offices, temporary employees, part-time student teaching, judges, inmates and patients of institutions and employees of any legislative body.

The State Board of Mediation administers collective bargaining laws.

The process of selecting a bargaining representative is detailed (elections, certification and decertification of representatives).

Strikes are prohibited. Violation may result in a fine, decertification of the bargaining representative, loss of certain employment rights, and confinement in the county jail. The criminal penalty for striking is a Class B misdemeanor (up to 6 months or $500).

This act allows for mediation and arbitration. Any agreement reached still goes through the normal budget process and allows for a contract period of up to 3 years.