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                                 SENATE BILL 5378



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senator Vognild.


Read first time January 30, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.Concerning the collective bargaining process for ferry employees.

     AN ACT Relating to collecting bargaining for ferry employees; and amending RCW 47.64.190.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 47.64.190 and 1983 c 15 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) No negotiated agreement or arbitration order may become effective and in force until five calendar days after an agreement has been negotiated or an arbitration order entered for each and every ferry employee bargaining unit.

     (2) Upon the conclusion of negotiations or arbitration procedures with ((all)) a ferry employee bargaining unit((s)), the secretary shall ascertain, if similar terms were adopted by all bargaining units, whether the cumulative fiscal requirements of all such agreements and arbitration orders are within the limitations imposed by RCW 47.64.180.

     (3)  If the secretary finds that budgetary or fare restrictions will be exceeded, he shall, within five calendar days of completion of negotiations or arbitration with the last bargaining unit to conclude an agreement, submit ((all)) the agreements and arbitration awards to the marine employees' commission for a binding determination whether the limitations of RCW 47.64.180 have been exceeded.

     (4)  The marine employees' commission shall review all negotiated agreements and arbitration orders, and may take written or oral testimony from the parties, regarding compliance with RCW 47.64.180.  Within fifteen calendar days of receiving the secretary's request for review, the commission shall determine by a majority vote of its members whether or not the cumulative effect of all such agreements and orders exceeds the limitations of RCW 47.64.180.

     (5)  If the marine employees' commission determines that the limitations of RCW 47.64.180 would be exceeded if all agreements and arbitration orders were given full force and effect, it shall order the minimum percentage reduction in straight time wage provisions applied equally across the board to all agreements or arbitration orders which will result in compliance with RCW 47.64.180.

     (6)  Whenever the secretary requests a determination by the marine employees' commission pursuant to this section, the effect of all agreements and arbitration orders shall be stayed, pending the commission's final determination.