TITLE 36
Public Officers and Employees

CHAPTER 36-11
Organization of State Employees

SECTION 36-11-7.1


   § 36-11-7.1  Unresolved issues submitted to mediation. – (a) In the event that the bargaining agent and the chief executive or his or her designee are unable, within thirty (30) days from and including the date of their first meeting, to reach an agreement on a contract, either of them may request mediation and conciliation upon any and all unresolved issues by the director of labor and training or from any other source. If mediation and conciliation fail or are not requested, at any time after the thirty (30) days either party may request that any and all unresolved issues shall be submitted to arbitration by sending such request by certified mail, postage prepaid to the other party, setting forth the issues to be arbitrated.

   (b) In the event that the negotiating or bargaining agent and the employer are unable to reach an agreement on a contract ninety (90) days before the last day on which money can be appropriated by the state to cover the first year of the contract period, then any and all unresolved issues shall be submitted to the director of labor and training for compulsory mediation until the date upon which the money is scheduled to be appropriated. The director of labor and training or his or her designee may waive this requirement upon the mutual agreement of the parties.

   (c) In the event that the negotiating or bargaining agent and the employer are unable, within ten (10) days of the expiration of the contract, to reach an agreement on a contract, any and all unresolved issues shall be submitted to the director of labor and training for compulsory mediation.

   (d) If the parties cannot mutually agree upon a mediator within twenty-four (24) hours, the director of labor and training shall select a mediator from a panel previously established by the director comprised of persons knowledgeable in the field of labor management relations to mediate the dispute. The department of labor and training is hereby empowered to compel the attendance of all parties to any and all meetings it deems necessary until the dispute is resolved.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1991, ch. 100, § 2.)