Legislative findings and declarations.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that there is a great need to:
Promote orderly and constructive relations between the State and its employees; and
Increase the efficiency of the Executive Department of State Government.
It is therefore within the public interest that the Legislature enact provisions:
Granting certain state employees the right to associate with others in organizing and choosing representatives for the purpose of engaging in collective bargaining;
Requiring the State to recognize and negotiate wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment with labor organizations that represent state employees and to enter into written agreements evidencing the result of collective bargaining; and
Establishing standards and procedures that protect the rights of employees, the Executive Department and the people of the State.