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PDFWAC 391-55-200

Interest arbitration—Certification of issues.

(1) If a dispute involving a bargaining unit eligible for interest arbitration under RCW 41.56.028, 41.56.029, 41.56.030(7), 41.56.475, 41.56.492, 41.56.496, 41.56.510, 47.64.300, or 74.39A.270 (2)(c) has not been settled after a reasonable period of mediation, and the mediator is of the opinion that his or her further efforts will not result in an agreement, the following procedure shall be implemented:
(a) The mediator shall notify the parties of his or her intention to recommend that the remaining issues in dispute be submitted to interest arbitration.
(b) Within seven days after being notified by the mediator, each party shall submit to the mediator and serve on the other party a written list (including article and section references to parties' latest collective bargaining agreement, if any) of the issues that the party believes should be advanced to interest arbitration.
(2) The mediator shall review the lists of issues submitted by the parties.
(a) The mediator shall exclude from certification any issues that have not been mediated.
(b) The mediator shall exclude from certification any issues resolved by the parties in bilateral negotiations or mediation, and the parties may present those agreements as "stipulations" in interest arbitration under RCW 41.56.465 (1)(b), 41.56.475 (2)(b), or 41.56.492 (2)(b).
(c) The mediator may convene further mediation sessions and take other steps to resolve the dispute.
(3) If the dispute remains unresolved after the completion of the procedures in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, interest arbitration shall be initiated, as follows:
(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, the mediator shall forward his or her recommendation and a list of unresolved issues to the executive director, who shall consider the recommendation of the mediator. The executive director may remand the matter for further mediation. If the executive director finds that the parties remain at impasse, the executive director shall certify the unresolved issues for interest arbitration.
(b) For a bargaining unit covered by RCW 41.56.492, the mediator shall certify the unresolved issues for interest arbitration.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.56.090, 41.58.050, 41.58.065, 47.64.300, and 74.39A.270. WSR 12-05-066, § 391-55-200, filed 2/15/12, effective 3/17/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.56.090, 41.58.050, and 74.39A.270. WSR 10-20-172, § 391-55-200, filed 10/6/10, effective 11/6/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 41.06.340, 41.76.060, 41.56.450, [41.56].475, [41.56].492 and 74.39A.270. WSR 03-03-064, § 391-55-200, filed 1/14/03, effective 2/14/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 41.56.450, 41.56.475 and 41.56.492. WSR 99-14-060, § 391-55-200, filed 7/1/99, effective 8/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 41.56.450 and [41.56].492. WSR 96-07-105, § 391-55-200, filed 3/20/96, effective 4/20/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.040, 41.58.050, 41.59.110 and 47.64.040. WSR 80-14-049 (Order 80-8), § 391-55-200, filed 9/30/80, effective 11/1/80.]
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