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WAC 391-25-030

Petition—Time for filing.

(1) A "contract bar" exists while a valid collective bargaining agreement is in effect, so that a petition involving any or all of the employees covered by the agreement will be timely only if it is filed during the "window" period not more than ninety nor less than sixty days prior to the stated expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement.
(a) To constitute a valid collective bargaining agreement for purposes of this subsection:
(i) The agreement must cover a bargaining unit that is appropriate under the terms of the applicable statute;
(ii) The agreement must be in writing, and signed by the parties' representatives;
(iii) The agreement must contain a fixed expiration date not less than ninety days after it was signed; and
(iv) The agreement will only operate as a bar for the first three years after its effective date.
(b) An agreement to extend or replace a collective bargaining agreement shall not bar a petition filed in the "window" period of the previous agreement.
(c) A "protected" period is in effect during the sixty days following a "window" period in which no petition is filed, and a successor agreement negotiated by the employer and incumbent exclusive bargaining representative during that period will bar a petition under this chapter. If the filing and withdrawal or dismissal of a petition under this chapter intrudes upon the protected period, the employer and incumbent exclusive bargaining representative shall be given a sixty-day protected period commencing on the date the withdrawal or dismissal is final.
(d) A certification of issues for interest arbitration issued under WAC 391-55-200 serves as a valid agreement under subsection (1)(a) of this rule.
(2) A "certification bar" exists where a certification has been issued by the agency, so that a petition involving the same bargaining unit or any subdivision of that bargaining unit will only be timely if it is filed:
(a) More than twelve months following the date of the certification of an exclusive bargaining representative; or
(b) More than twelve months following the date of the latest election or cross-check in which the employees failed to select an exclusive bargaining representative.
(3) Where neither a "contract bar" nor a "certification bar" is in effect under this section, a petition may be filed at any time.
(4) Neither a certification bar nor a contract bar in an underlying existing bargaining unit will preclude petitions filed under WAC 391-25-440 from being processed at any time subject to the limitations stated in that rule.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.06.340, 41.56.090, 41.58.050, 41.59.110, 41.76.060, 41.80.080, and 49.39.060. WSR 10-20-172, § 391-25-030, filed 10/6/10, effective 11/6/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 28B.52.030, 34.05.413, 41.56.050, 41.56.060, 41.56.070, 41.59.070 and 41.59.080. WSR 01-14-009, § 391-25-030, filed 6/22/01, effective 8/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 28B.52.030, 34.05.413, 41.56.060, [41.56].070, 41.59.070 and [41.59].080. WSR 96-07-105, § 391-25-030, filed 3/20/96, effective 4/20/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.58.050, 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.56.070 and 41.59.070. WSR 90-06-072, § 391-25-030, filed 3/7/90, effective 4/7/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.040, 41.58.050, 41.59.110 and 47.64.040. WSR 80-14-046 (Order 80-5), § 391-25-030, filed 9/30/80, effective 11/1/80.]
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