WSR 03-01-058

AGENDA

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

RELATIONS COMMISSION

[ Filed December 11, 2002, 2:51 p.m. ]


RULES DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

OF THE

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS COMMISSION

December 11, 2002



This agenda is prepared pursuant to RCW 34.05.314. The commission readopted emergency rules on October 8, 2002, to implement two recent statutory changes: (1) Initiative Measure No. 775 passed by Washington voters in November of 2001, and (2) Personnel System Reform Act of 2002 (chapter 41.80 RCW) passed by the Washington legislature in March of 2002, and signed into law by Governor Locke on April 3, 2002. The commission also adopted emergency rules on October 8, 2002, for the Faculty Collective Bargaining Act (FCBA) (chapter 41.76 RCW), which took effect on October 1, 2002. The FCBA, which provides collective bargaining rights to faculty at public four-year institutions of higher education, was passed by the legislature in March of 2002, and signed into law by Governor Locke (with a partial veto) in April of 2002. The emergency rules adopted on October 8, 2002, became effective on October 17, 2002.

The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-08 WAC:

391-08-001 Application and scope of chapter 391-08 WAC.
391-08-670 Decision numbering -- Citation of cases -- Indexing of decisions.
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-25 WAC:

391-25-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-25-002 Sequence and numbering of rules -- Special provisions.
391-25-011 Special provision -- Optional coverage of classified employees of institutions of higher education under chapter 41.56 RCW.
391-25-036 Special provision -- State civil service employees (window period).
391-25-051 Special provision -- Individual providers under home care quality authority.
391-25-076 Special provision -- State civil service employees (representation cases pending before Washington Personnel Resources Board (PRB) transferred to commission).
391-25-096 Special provision -- State civil service employees (employer petition).
391-25-136 Special provision -- State civil service employees (list of employees).
391-25-137 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (list of employees).
391-25-197 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (institution-wide units).
391-25-216 Special provision -- State civil service employees (intervenor limited to same unit proposed by petitioner).
391-25-217 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (institution-wide units).
391-25-396 Special provision -- State civil service employees (cross-check).
391-25-416 Special provision -- State civil service employees (life of authorization cards for cross-check).
391-25-427 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (institution-wide units).
391-25-476 Special provision -- State civil service employees (lists of voters).
391-25-496 Special provision -- State civil service employees (absentee ballots).
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-35 WAC:

391-35-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-35-002 Sequence and numbering of rules -- Special provisions.
391-35-026 Special provision -- State civil service employees (until July 1, 2004, allows: (1) Division of existing units into separate units of supervisors and nonsupervisory employees; and (2) perfection of existing units based on five criteria).
391-35-326 Special provision -- State civil service employees (exclusion of confidential employees).
391-35-327 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (exclusion of confidential employees).
391-35-346 Special provision -- State civil service employees (exclusion of supervisors).
391-35-347 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (exclusion of administrators).
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-45 WAC:

391-45-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-45-002 Sequence and numbering of rules -- Special provisions.
391-45-056 Special provision -- State civil service employees (unfair labor practice cases pending before PRB transferred to commission).
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-55 WAC:

391-55-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-55-002 Sequence and numbering of rules -- Special provisions.
391-55-200 Interest arbitration -- Certification of issues.
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-65 WAC:

391-65-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-65-002 Sequence and numbering of rules -- Special provisions.
The emergency rules affect the following sections of chapter 391-95 WAC:

391-95-001 Scope -- Contents -- Other rules.
391-95-010 Notice of union security obligation.
The commission will consider permanent adoption of the above-referenced emergency rules at a rule adoption hearing on January 6, 2003, as well as rules in the following sections:

391-08-630 Agency structure -- Substitution for executive director.
391-25-032 Special provision -- Educational employees (window period).
391-25-037 Special provision -- Higher education faculty (window period).
391-35-356 Special provision -- State civil service employees (less than full-time employees).
391-65-110 Grievance arbitration -- Conduct of proceedings (Code of Professional Responsibility for Arbitrators).
The agency supports these proposed rule changes, except WAC 391-25-216 and 391-25-476 proposed by the Washington Federation of State Employees. Written comments need to be submitted to the agency by December 30, 2002.

Please contact Mark S. Downing, Rules Coordinator, at (360) 570-7305 if you have any questions concerning this matter.

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