SB 607 Creates a collective bargaining process for public employees
Sponsor: Smith
LR Number: 2149L.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations
Last Action: 2/28/2007 - Second Read and Referred S Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations Committee Journal Page: S366
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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Current Bill Summary

SB 607 - This act creates a collective bargaining process for state employees.

The act creates the Public Employment Relations Board with its members appointed by the Governor, to administer collective bargaining procedures between state employees, bargaining units, and employers.

The act requires good faith negotiations and bars public employers, employees and employee organizations from interfering with the bargaining process in various ways including picketing for unlawful purposes, engaging in lockouts and other activities. A complaint system for ensuring compliance is provided.

Strikes are prohibited under the act and injunctions shall be available to prevent such actions.

Employee organizations must be certified by the board to be exclusive bargaining representatives after a vote is submitted to the employees.

Impasse procedures shall be part of the bargaining agreements and if they are not followed or not made, mediation and ultimately arbitration will settle the dispute.

Employee organizations shall not make direct contributions out of dues for political purposes without consent of the member.