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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 654        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1404


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Steven A. Tolman


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to clarify terms of collective bargaining agreements.






Steven A. Tolman


Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Jennifer L. Flanagan


Marc R. Pacheco


Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth

Kenneth J. Donnelly


James E. Timilty


Michael O. Moore


Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 654        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1404

By Mr. Tolman, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1404) of Steven A. Tolman, Linda Dorcena Forry, Ellen Story, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to clarify terms of collective bargaining agreements.  Public Service.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to clarify terms of collective bargaining agreements.


              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to declare and clarify the intent of Chapter 150E, , therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 150E § 7(a) is hereby amended by adding the following at the end of the first sentence:-  “… provided that a provision in the agreement setting forth that its terms remain in effect beyond three years while the parties negotiate a successor agreement is valid and enforceable.  This proviso shall be applied retroactively to agreement that contained such a provision but otherwise expired prior to the effective date of this Act.”

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