GOVERNOR PATRICK FILES LEGISLATION TO RESTRUCTURE LABOR RELATIONS AGENCIES FOR INCREASED PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY
Governor Deval Patrick has filed Article 87 legislation to restructure the state's three labor agencies charged with resolving Massachusetts public labor disputes, the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration (BCA), Labor Relations Commission (LRC), and Joint Labor-Management Committee (JLMC). The action is being taken to combat long-time operational inefficiency and improve performance following earlier reports of an existing 600 plus case backlog at the LRC and overlap in duplicative administrative functions.
"This legislation calls for measures to increase accountability, efficiency and transparency within our labor-related agencies so that they perform as an effective 21st century business, not as a bureaucracy," said Governor Patrick. "Today's action follows extensive discussion with the public and private sector and management and labor attorneys who have told us that change is needed and needed now."
"Years of neglect, under-funding, and duplication of staff functions has led to unnecessary case backlogs and skyrocketing costs for cities and towns in the form of providing back pay from grievances filed years ago," said Secretary Bump. "We are committed to overhauling the labor relations agencies because taxpayers and cities and towns deserve a state government that works well on their behalf."