Remote Operations - April 1, 2022
PERC will reopen its offices on April 4. However, no in-person events will be conducted until further notice. Staff continue to conduct mediations, hearings, trainings, and elections virtually. Filings may be submitted by email to email@example.com.
2022 LERA Conference - Registration Open until April 19, 2022
Register for the 45th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration conference on April 21-22, 2022. Registration is $80 for the two-day program held virtually. Program details including the agenda, speakers, and more is available on the conference website.
Introducing The PERColator Podcast - January 18, 2022
We are proud to announce the launch of “The PERColator Podcast,” the latest venture of PERC’s Negotiation Project! The PERColator Podcast is a space to discuss the intersection of negotiation theory and practice. Explore tools and resources to resolve conflicts and enhance labor-management relationships. The first three episodes are live. In each 15-30 minute episode, learn one theory or tool and how it can be applied in your negotiation practice. Look for new episodes to launch every couple weeks or so. Subscribe today on your favorite podcast player!
Senate Bill 5055 - Law Enforcement Arbitrator Roster
Senate Bill 5055 was passed during this last legislative session and signed into law by Governor Inslee. The bill requires that all arbitrators for arbitrations of disciplinary grievances of law enforcement personnel shall come from the roster of arbitrators appointed by PERC. See the Law Enforcement Arbitrator Roster page for more information.
PERC Rule Updates
Over the last few years, agency staff have been involved in reviewing and drafting proposed updates to the six main chapters of administrative regulations that govern processes and procedures in front of PERC. This is a process that the agency engages in every decade or so in an effort to better align current practices with existing rules and update those rules to account for statutory changes during the proceeding time period.
Agency staff have shared those proposed changes with the entire agency and clientele for review, questions, and input. Then the proposals were modified to incorporate the feedback received. With some delay due to the move to all remote work and the need to implement the legislation creating the Law Enforcement Arbitrator Roster, we have now begun to share the proposed rule changes with the Commission for their review, questions, and input. Any changes to the proposals based on the Commission’s review will be shared with agency staff and clientele before beginning the formal rule making process in 2022.
The schedule for discussion with the Commission is below. Also, the proposals that were shared with the Commission are below.
•Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. — Chapters 391-08 and 391-45 WAC
•Friday, December 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. — Chapters 391-55 and 391-65 WAC
•Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:00 a.m. — Chapters 391-25 and 391-35 WAC
•Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 1:00 p.m. — Chapter 391-75 WAC
The Negotiation Project
The Negotiation Project is the newest element of PERC’s conflict prevention services. The project bridges academic theory about conflict resolution with real life labor relations experiences in order to improve conflict resolution skills. As part of the Negotiation Project’s launch, we have released the Expanding the Bargaining Pie series which explores the integrative phase of bargaining. The whole series is available now for immediate viewing.
Internet Explorer Compatibility Issue
The PERC website may not display or function correctly with the Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft is phasing out Internet Explorer and now supports Edge. Older versions of Internet Explorer, including versions 8, 9 and 10, are no longer being updated, resulting in incorrect function and display of many websites. The PERC website displays and functions correctly on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.