PERC is headed by three part-time citizen commissioners who are appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. The Commission hears and decides appeals on decisions from agency staff (Examiners and the Executive Director) and has rule-making authority.
- MARILYN GLENN SAYAN
- MARK R. BUSTO
- ELIZABETH FORD
J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1983
B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1979
Marilyn Glenn Sayan is serving her sixth term as Chairperson, having originally been appointed to the Commission in February 1996. Her current term expires in September of 2021.
Ms. Sayan spent over thirty years in personnel/labor management in Washington State government. She retired in 1993 as Director of the State Department of Personnel, having previously served as Deputy Director and Labor Relations Manager for the Department and as the Appeals Program Manager for the State Higher Education Personnel Board. She served on the Executive Board of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies from 1998 to 2006 and as ALRA President from 2006-2007.
In addition to serving on the Commission, Ms. Sayan is also a mediator and is an active community volunteer.
B.A., Occidental College, 1974
J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 1983
Mark R. Busto represented employers before judges, juries, administrative agencies and arbitrators between 1983 and 2015. He has also assisted management for over 30 years in establishing and administering human resources policies and programs.
Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mark was an employee relations consultant to the State of California and a field representative/organizer for the California State Employees Association.
Mark is also active in volunteer activities. He previously served as a member and chair of the King County Personnel Board (1992-1996) and Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (2000-2004). He currently serves on the national board of directors of American Rivers.
Mark was appointed to the Commission in January 2017 and his term expires September 2024.
Professor Ford is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Seattle University School of Law, teaching the Workers’ Rights Clinic as well as Legal Writing.
In private practice for 25 years, Prof. Ford represented unions and individual employees. She also served as Chief Counsel for the Washington State Nurses Association and the Manager of Labor Relations for King County.
In 2005, she joined the faculty fulltime as Visiting Legal Writing Professor. She continued as a Visiting Clinical Professor, establishing and teaching the law school's first Mediation Clinic. After leaving SU to serve as the Manager of Labor Relations, Professor Ford returned to continue directing the Mediation Clinic and to develop a pilot legal skills course that incorporated dispute resolution into the second-year legal writing curriculum. In 2010, Professor Ford joined the University of Washington School of Law as Assistant Dean.
Finally, in 2015, Prof. Ford founded the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, which is a non-profit legal services office which operates in collaboration with the Peterson Law Clinic to provide representation to low wage workers.
Professor Ford serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator primarily in labor and employment disputes. She is a member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Public Employment Relations Commission's panel of arbitrators.
Prof. Ford publishes in the area of workplace minimum standards, labor negotiation, and clinical teaching. Her scholarship can be found here.
She was appointed to the Commission in November 2022 and her term expires in September 2023.
The Commission meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here to register if you would like to attend. Meetings are currently being held in Olympia and via Zoom webinar. After registering for the webinar, you will receive a link to connect to the meeting. Participants are able to view the Commission and executive staff. Participants’ video and audio are disabled, but attendees can communicate questions via the Zoom chat feature. To request disability accommodations, please contact Diane Tucker at least one week before the meeting at (360) 570-7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduled meeting dates and locations are listed below. The agenda and the link to register to attend are posted on the home page at least a week before the meeting. Minutes of each meeting are approved at the next meeting and posted after.
|January 10, 2023 (via Zoom)||July 11, 2023 (Cancelled)|
|February 14, 2023 (Cancelled)||August 8, 2023 (Cancelled)|
|March 14, 2023 (Cancelled)||September 12, 2023 (via Zoom)|
|April 11, 2023 (Olympia & via Zoom)||October 10, 2023|
|May 9, 2023 (Cancelled)||November 14, 2023|
|June 13, 2023 (Olympia & via Zoom)||December 2023 (No Meeting)|
Listed below are all cases pending before the Commission. The case number listed is a direct link to the decision being appealed.
|Employer Name||Case Number||Date Appealed|
|Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families||133314-U-21||April 25, 2023|
|Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families||135103-U-22||April 24, 2023|