§ 904. Subjects for bargaining

(a) All matters relating to the relationship between the employer and employees shall be the subject of collective bargaining except those matters that are prescribed or controlled by statute. The matters appropriate for collective bargaining to the extent they are not prescribed or controlled by statute include:

(1) wages, salaries, benefits, and reimbursement practices relating to necessary expenses and the limits of reimbursable expenses;

(2) minimum hours per week;

(3) working conditions;

(4) overtime compensation and related matters;

(5) leave compensation and related matters;

(6) reduction-in-force procedures;

(7) grievance procedures, including whether an appeal to the Vermont Labor Relations Board or binding arbitration, or both, will constitute the final step in a grievance procedure;

(8) terms of coverage and amount of employee financial participation in insurance programs, except that the Department of State‘s Attorneys and Sheriffs and the deputy State’s Attorneys and other employees of the State’s Attorneys’ offices shall not bargain in relation to terms of coverage;

(9) rules for personnel administration, except the following: rules relating to persons exempt from the classified service under section 311 of this title and rules relating to applicants for employment in State service and employees in an initial probationary status, including any extension or extensions thereof, provided the rules are not discriminatory by reason of an applicant’s race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, place of birth, age, or physical or mental condition; and

(10) the manner in which to enforce an employee’s obligation to pay the collective bargaining service fee.

(b) This chapter shall not be construed to be in derogation of or contravene the spirit and intent of the merit system principles and the personnel laws. (Added 1969, No. 113, § 1; amended 1971, No. 193 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. April 3, 1972; 1977, No. 109, § 5; 1993, No. 227 (Adj. Sess.), § 29; 2013, No. 37, § 3; 2015, No. 35, § 2, eff. May 26, 2015; 2017, No. 81, § 4, eff. June 15, 2017.)

Terms Used In Vermont Statutes Title 3 Sec. 904

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Board: means the State Labor Relations Board established under section 921 of this title. See
  • Collective bargaining service fee: means a fee deducted by an employer from the salary or wages of an employee who is not a member of an employee organization, which is paid to the employee organization which is the exclusive bargaining agent for the bargaining unit of the employee. See
  • Employee: means a State employee as defined by subdivision (5) of this section except as the context requires otherwise. See
  • Employer: means the State of Vermont, excluding the Legislative and Judiciary Departments, represented by the Governor or designee, the Office of the Defender General represented by the Defender General or designee, Vermont State Colleges represented by the Chancellor or designee, and the University of Vermont represented by the President or designee. See
  • following: when used by way of reference to a section of the law shall mean the next preceding or following section. See
  • gender identity: means an individual's actual or perceived gender identity, or gender-related characteristics intrinsically related to an individual's gender or gender-identity, regardless of the individual's assigned sex at birth. See
  • Grievance: means an employee's, group of employees', or the employee's collective bargaining representative's expressed dissatisfaction, presented in writing, with aspects of employment or working conditions under a collective bargaining agreement or the discriminatory application of a rule or regulation, that has not been resolved to a satisfactory result through informal discussion with immediate supervisors. See
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • sexual orientation: means female or male homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality. See
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States may apply to the District of Columbia and any territory and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. See
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.