SB 549
Modifies provisions relating to collective bargaining representation for public employees
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Last Action:
4/14/2015 - Hearing Conducted S General Laws and Pensions Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2015

Current Bill Summary

SB 549 - This act requires the State Board of Mediation to conduct an election every two years to certify the exclusive bargaining representation of a collective bargaining unit. If a representative fails to receive votes from a majority of the members of a bargaining unit, the Board shall decertify the representative. If a representative is decertified, the affected employees may not be included in a substantially similar collective bargaining unit for twelve months from the date of decertification.

The act limits labor agreements to two years beginning August 28, 2017.

The act also requires employee associations that represent employees in a meeting concerning a labor agreement and collect money from an employee to file an annual report no later than 90 days following the end of the association's fiscal year detailing the financial conditions and operations of the association during the preceding fiscal year. Any employee association that fails to comply with such requirements shall refund all monies collected from employees during such period, be decertified as exclusive representative, and have all labor agreements between the association and a public body immediately rescinded and invalidated.

This act contains a severability clause.

This act contains provisions that are similar to SB 126 (2015) and HB 46 (2015).