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§ 1634. Establishment of limited collective bargaining; scope of bargaining
(a) Independent direct support providers, through their exclusive representative, shall have the right to bargain collectively with the State, through the Governor’s designee, under this chapter.
(b) Mandatory subjects of bargaining under this section shall be limited to:
(1) compensation rates, workforce benefits, and payment methods and procedures, except that independent direct support providers shall not be eligible to participate in the State’s retirement system or the Vermont State Employee Health Plan solely by virtue of bargaining under this chapter;
(2) professional development and training, except that the issue of whether the State may choose directly to create and administer a professional development or training program shall be a permissive subject of bargaining;
(3) the collection and disbursement of dues or fees to the exclusive representative, provided that a collective bargaining service fee may not be required of nonmembers unless the exclusive representative has established and maintained a procedure to provide nonmembers with:
(A) an audited financial statement that identifies the major categories of expenses, and divides them into chargeable and nonchargeable expenses; and
(B) an opportunity to object to the amount of the agency fee sought, any amount reasonably in dispute to be placed in escrow, subject to prompt review and determination by the Board to resolve any objection over the amount of the collective bargaining fee, as provided for in subsection (d) of this section;
(4) procedures for resolving grievances against the State, provided that the final step of any negotiated grievance procedure, if required, shall be a hearing and final determination by the Board in accordance with Board rules and regulations; and
(5) access to job referral opportunities within covered programs, except that the issue of whether the State may choose directly to create and administer a referral registry shall be a permissive subject of bargaining.
(c) For the purpose of this chapter, the obligation to bargain collectively is the performance of the mutual obligation of the State and the exclusive representative of the independent direct support providers to meet at reasonable times and confer in good faith with respect to all matters bargainable under the provisions of this chapter; but the failure or refusal of either party to agree to a proposal, or to change or withdraw a lawful proposal, or to make a concession shall not constitute, or be evidence of direct or indirect, a breach of this obligation. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require either party during collective bargaining to accede to any proposal or proposals of the other party.
(d) Any dispute raised by a nonmember concerning the amount of a collective bargaining service fee, as provided for under subdivision (b)(3) of this section, may be grieved to the State Labor Relations Board which shall review and determine such matter promptly, in accordance with the Board’s rules. (Added 2013, No. 48, § 1, eff. May 24, 2013.)