SENATE DOCKET, NO. FILED ON: 11/9/2011
SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 2056
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand Eleven
An Act to restore collective bargaining rights for employees of the MBTA.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 140 of chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:
“; Provided, however, that nothing in this Section shall restrict the authority of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to bargain collectively with the authorized collective bargaining representatives of its employees over the establishment of a Health and Welfare Trust Plan, as described in the following provisions, or to pay the cost in whole or in part as determined by collective bargaining, of any supplementary benefits or coverage provided under such a Trust Plan. The Health and Welfare Trust Plan authorized under the preceding sentence may provide for MBTA employees and retirees such supplementary payments, payroll deduction arrangements, supplementary benefit coverages, workplace health and treatment benefits, life and disability income benefits, and the like, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and (when applicable) authorized collective bargaining representatives may determine, funded in a manner that they also determine, from time to time. The Trust Plan benefits and coverages and other contents shall be determined so as to avoid duplication of Group Insurance Commission benefits and coverages. Disputes that arise during collective bargaining over the Plan contents and covered benefits shall be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures of chapter 161A of the General Laws. The Trust Plan shall be designed so as to provide payroll and income tax reduction under the Federal and State tax codes, in compliance with such laws and regulations that pertain to such arrangements. The Trust Plan will be administered by no fewer than seven Trustees, three appointed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and three appointed by various participating collective bargaining representatives in the same manner used to appoint trustees of the Pension Plan, with one neutral Trustee selected by the other six from a list of seven experienced neutrals provided by the American Arbitration Association. Each Trustee may strike at least one name from the list until only one remains. The neutral Trustee shall vote only on occasions of a tie vote by the Trustees, subject to such rules and procedures as the Trustees shall adopt and publish. The Trustees shall have no authority to establish benefits or to otherwise alter the Trust Plan”.