PUBLIC EMPLOYEE LABOR RELATIONS
273-A:9 Bargaining by State Employees.
I. All cost items and terms and conditions of employment affecting state employees in the classified system generally shall be negotiated by the state, represented by the governor as chief executive, with a single employee bargaining committee comprised of exclusive representatives of all interested bargaining units. Negotiations regarding terms and conditions of employment unique to individual bargaining units shall be negotiated individually with the representatives of those units by the governor.
II. To assist in the conduct of such negotiations the governor may designate an official state negotiator who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.
III. The governor shall also appoint an advisory committee to assist in the negotiating process. The manager of employee relations appointed under RSA 21-I:44, II shall be a member of this committee.
III-a. No person who is apponited to serve as a state negotiator or as a member of the state negotiating team or any person who serves as a member of the employee bargaining committee shall use his or her position to obtain anything of value for the private benefit of such person or the person's immediate family. Nothing in this section shall prevent an employee or taxpayer from serving on a negotiating team or bargaining committee.
IV. The division of personnel, through the manager of employee relations and the manager's staff, shall provide administrative and professional support to the governor in the conduct of negotiations.
Source. 1975, 490:2. 1986, 12:7. 1995, 9:35, 36. 1997, 351:53. 1999, 225:15, 16. 2004, 137:1, eff. July 18, 2004. 2010, 368:1 (50), eff. Dec. 31, 2010.
273-A:9-b Legislative Oversight Committee on Employee Relations.
I. There shall be a permanent joint legislative committee known as the legislative oversight committee on employee relations.
II. (a) The committee shall include the following members:
(1) Five members of the senate, appointed by the senate president.
(2) Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate.
III. The chair of the committee shall rotate biennially between the senate president or designee and the speaker of the house of representatives or designee, provided that the senate president shall serve as the first chairperson under the provisions of this subparagraph, beginning with the 2015-16 biennium. In the event that the presiding officer or designee serving as chairperson resigns or for any reason is unable to serve, the other presiding officer or designee shall serve as chairperson for the remainder of the biennium, provided that such substitution shall not change the rotation provided for in this subparagraph.
IV. The committee shall meet with the state negotiating committee after the first Wednesday in December in even-numbered years, as necessary, to discuss the state's objectives in the bargaining process. Meetings shall be at the call of the chairperson.
V. The committee shall hold public hearings on all collective bargaining agreements with state employees and on all fact finder's reports relative to the collective bargaining process with state employees, and shall submit any recommendations on such agreements or reports to the members of the senate and the house of representatives.
VI. The senate president may appoint one or more alternates to serve on the committee in the event that a senate member is unable to attend. The speaker of the house of representatives may appoint one or more alternates to serve on the committee in the event that a house member is unable to attend.
Source.2015, 274:20, eff. Sept. 16, 2015.