WSR 02-20-081

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

RELATIONS COMMISSION

[ Filed September 30, 2002, 3:46 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: To implement legislation taking effect in 2001 and 2002: (1) Chapter 3, Laws of 2002 (Initiative Measure No. 775); (2) chapter 34, Laws of 2002 (Teaching and Research Assistants); (3) chapter 354, Laws of 2002 (Personnel System Reform Act - PSRA); and (4) chapter 356, Laws of 2002 (Faculty Collective Bargaining - FCBA).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.06.340, 41.56.090, 41.58.050, 41.59.110, and 41.76.060.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules needed to make Public Employment Relations Commission general rules applicable to FCBA and PSRA. Special rules provided under: (1) FCBA for lists of employees, institution-wide units, confidential employees, and administrators; and (2) PSRA for window and protected periods, employer representation petitions, lists of employees, directed cross-checks, six-month cards for cross-checks, absentee ballots, separation and perfection of units until July 1, 2004, confidential employees, and supervisors.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule:

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. A clientele input meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on November 6, 2002, at First Floor Conference Room, Office of the Attorney General, Building #1 - Rowe Six, 4224 6th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA.

Written comments may be sent to Mark S. Downing, Rules Coordinator, Public Employment Relations Commission, P.O. Box 40919, Olympia, WA 98504-0919, phone (360) 570-7305, fax (360) 570-7334, info@perc.wa.gov.

September 30, 2002

Marvin L. Schurke

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office