WSR 99-04-013

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

RELATIONS COMMISSION

[ Filed January 22, 1999, 2:42 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Mediation, grievance mediation, grievance arbitration, dispute resolution panel, interest arbitration, fact finding, subpoena, and housekeeping changes to chapters 391-08, 391-55 and 391-65 WAC.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Proposed changes pursuant to Executive Order 97-02 will revise interest arbitration rules by requiring parties to submit to mediator a list of issues they believe should be advanced to hearing, allow waiver of partisan arbitrators and certain voluntary procedures if parties fail to act in timely manner, and codify agency procedure where a related unfair labor practice complaint is filed. Housekeeping items will make proper usage of terms such as "shall" and "submission."

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

Process for Developing New Rule: [No information supplied by agency.]

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mark S. Downing, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40919, Olympia, WA 98504-0919, phone (360) 753-2955, fax (360) 586-7091.

January 22, 1999

Marvin L. Schurke

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office