WSR 08-07-074

EXPEDITED RULES

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

RELATIONS COMMISSION

[ Filed March 18, 2008, 12:09 p.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 391-25-396 Special provision -- State civil service employees, permits certification of a bargaining unit state civil service employees by means of a majority card check; and 391-55-071 Special provision -- State patrol personnel, limits the subjects of bargaining that an interest arbitrator can consider during a interest arbitration proceeding involving uniformed personnel at the Washington state patrol.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Dario de la Rosa, Public Employment Relations Commission, 112 Henry Street N.E., Suite 300, P.O. Box 40919, Olympia, WA 98504-0919 , AND RECEIVED BY May 20, 2008.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed amendment to WAC 391-25-396 and the proposed repeal of WAC 391-25-397 corrects a typographical error adopted. The agency intended the existing language in WAC 391-25-397 to amend and replace the existing language contained within WAC 391-25-396. This amendment merely corrects that typographical error, and does not change any of the rights, or language, contained within the recently adopted WAC 391-25-397.

The agency had originally proposed to repeal the existing language in WAC 391-55-071. However, stakeholders pointed out that a legislative change to RCW 41.56.473 necessitated the proposed amendment to the existing language in WAC 391-55-071, rather than a repeal of the rule. This amendment reflects an agreed upon change to the language in the rule.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To correct a typographical error in drafting and to adopt an agreed upon amendment.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: For WAC 391-25-396 is RCW 41.58.05 [41.58.050], 41.80.080; and for WAC 391-55-071 is RCW 41.58.050, 41.56.090.

Name of Proponent:

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Dario de la Rosa, Olympia, Washington, (360) 570-7328; Implementation and Enforcement: Cathleen Callahan, Olympia, Washington, (360) 570-7312.

March 18, 2008

Dario de la Rosa

General Counsel

OTS-1398.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-03-064, filed 1/14/03, effective 2/14/03)

WAC 391-25-396   Special provision -- State civil service employees.   ((WAC 391-25-391 and the practices and precedents applicable under chapter 41.56 RCW shall also be applicable to state civil service employees.)) (1) In addition to the cross-check of records permitted by WAC 391-25-391 and the procedures under WAC 391-25-410, where only one organization is seeking certification as the representative of unrepresented employees covered by chapters 41.06 and 41.80 RCW, the executive director may issue a direction of cross-check utilizing the procedures outlined in WAC 391-25-410 if the showing of interest submitted in support of the petition indicates that the petitioning organization has been authorized by a majority of the employees to act as their representative for the purposes of collective bargaining, provided:

The authorization cards submitted in support of a petition under this section must, at a minimum, contain the following:

(a) The employee's name typed or printed legibly, the employee's signature, and the date of the employee's signature;

(b) A statement that the employee designates the named labor organization as the employee's exclusive bargaining representative for purposes of collective bargaining;

(c) A statement that the showing of interest may be used for purposes of a cross-check election under this rule;

(d) A statement that the employee understands that the employee's signature on the card may be used to obtain certification of the named labor organization as the exclusive bargaining representative of the employee without a secret ballot election; and

(e) A statement that the employee has the right to ask the agency to revoke the employee's authorization card for purposes of cross-check of records. The agency shall notify the petitioner of the existence and number of any such revocation(s) prior to the commencement of the cross-check, but shall not disclose the identities of the employees involved.

(2) An authorization card that fails to comply with subsection (1) of this section shall be invalid for purposes of initiating a cross-check of records under this rule.

(3) A direction of cross-check and other rulings in the proceedings up to the issuance of a tally are interim orders, and may only be appealed to the commission by objections under WAC 391-25-590 after the cross-check. An exception is made for rulings on whether the employer or employees are subject to the jurisdiction of the commission, which may be appealed under WAC 391-25-660.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110, 41.58.050, 41.06.340, 41.76.060. 03-03-064, 391-25-396, filed 1/14/03, effective 2/14/03.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 391-25-397 Special provision -- State employees.

OTS-1399.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-14-060, filed 7/1/99, effective 8/1/99)

WAC 391-55-071   Special provision -- State patrol personnel.   In the case of mediation involving officers of the Washington state patrol appointed under RCW 43.43.020, the mediator shall not consider ((rates of pay or wage levels and)) any matters relating to retirement benefits or health care benefits or other employee insurance benefits.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.56.090, 41.59.110 and 41.58.050. 99-14-060, 391-55-071, filed 7/1/99, effective 8/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.52.080, 41.58.050, 41.56.090 and 41.59.110. 88-12-055 (Order 88-08), 391-55-071, filed 5/31/88.]

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