Interest Arbitration is ONLY available to:
Firefighters, paramedics, nuclear security guards, public transit workers, state ferry employees, interpreters, individual providers of home care, child care providers, adult family home providers, some county corrections personnel, some fire dispatchers, and some law enforcement officers.
If the employer and union do not reach agreement in contract mediation about the collective bargaining agreement, the PERC Executive Director can authorize interest arbitration over the unresolved issues. An impartial arbitrator from PERC’s Arbitration Panel or PERC staff member is selected.
PERC Staff Arbitrator
Arbitrations are similar to a trial before a judge.
Evidence: Parties must provide evidence through testimony of witnesses and exhibits regarding the disputed issues.
Recording of Hearing: The hearing may be recorded by a court reporter if the parties hire a reporter for the proceedings.
Hiring an attorney: PERC staff will not represent you or provide you with an attorney. Staff are strictly neutral and can only answer questions about rules and procedures, and cannot provide legal advice.