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PDFWAC 391-55-210

Interest arbitration—Selection of neutral chairperson.

(1) If the parties agree on the selection of a neutral chairperson, they shall obtain a commitment from that person to serve, and shall notify the executive director of the identity of the chairperson.
(2) If the parties agree to have the commission appoint a staff member as the neutral chairperson, they shall submit a written joint request to the executive director. The parties are not entitled to influence the designation of a neutral chairperson under this subsection and shall not, either in writing or by other communication, attempt to indicate any preference for or against any person as the neutral chairperson to be appointed by the commission. Upon the submission of a request in compliance with this subsection, the executive director shall appoint a neutral chairperson from the commission staff.
(3) If the parties desire to select a neutral chairperson from a panel of arbitrators, they shall attempt to agree as to whether the commission, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or the American Arbitration Association will supply the list of arbitrators. If the choice of agency is agreed, either party or the parties jointly shall proceed forthwith to request a panel of at least five arbitrators specifying: "For interest arbitration proceedings under RCW 41.56.450." Referrals and selection from the commission's dispute resolution panel shall be as provided in WAC 391-55-120. Referrals and selection from other panels shall be made under the rules of the agency supplying the list of arbitrators. The parties shall notify the executive director of the identity of the neutral chairperson.
(4) If the parties have not notified the executive director of their selection of a neutral chairperson within twenty-eight days after certification of issues under WAC 391-55-200, the parties shall be deemed to have waived the procedures in subsections (1) through (3) of this section. The executive director shall issue a list of dispute resolution panel members and the neutral chairperson shall be selected as provided in WAC 391-55-120.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050 and 41.56.450. WSR 99-14-060, § 391-55-210, filed 7/1/99, effective 8/1/99; WSR 96-07-105, § 391-55-210, filed 3/20/96, effective 4/20/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.04.022, 41.58.050, 41.56.090, 41.59.110 and 28B.52.080. WSR 83-24-035 (Order 83-05), § 391-55-210, filed 12/1/83, effective 1/1/84. 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), § 391-55-210, filed 9/30/80, effective 11/1/80.]
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