DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Olympia Forest

Director's Message

It has been another active year for PERC. This year, we have had the most cases filed since 2012. At the same time, we are down staff. We have two adjudicator/mediator vacancies that we have yet to fill. In addition, Adjudicator/Mediators Jessica Bradley and Sean Bratner will be leaving us in a few weeks. Jessica and Sean have been with PERC for 10 and 2 years respectively. We are appreciative of their service and commitment to PERC’s mission and vision. Their departures will leave us with four adjudicator/mediator vacancies. We are in the process of recruiting to fill those vacancies. Click here to view the recruitment announcement.

Joye Rolfer, who is currently my Executive Assistant and is the Clerk of the Commission, is leaving at the end of the year. Joye has been with PERC for 16 years in a variety of roles. She is committed to PERC’s ideals and helping us improve to meet our mission. Joye has been instrumental in the revisions to our website.

Of course, navigating the increased filings with these vacancies will have its challenges. We regularly monitor workload, but even more so now.

As I mentioned in my August message, we have been reviewing the intake process for unfair labor practice complaints. We found that over 40% of all unfair labor practice complaints filed are receiving a deficiency notice of some type. In response, we are looking closer at the complaint form and materials available to guide parties in filing complaints. In the next few weeks, we anticipate posting new content on the website to begin addressing this issue.

In our continuing effort to provide more usable, just-in-time content to our clientele, we recently launched two new resources. First, we launched an on-demand micro-training that focuses on the question, “What is Mediation?” This short training module is aimed at the increasing number of participants in our mediation processes who have had no exposure to any mediation processes. Click here to view the training. We are currently assessing the next micro-training module. Second, we launched a new tool called Lexbox, which is part of the Decisia search engine on our website. This tool allows users to manage their research of PERC decisions. Click here to find out more. 

Looking forward in 2018, we anticipate releasing our 2017 Annual Report early in the year. We also anticipate that 2018 will be an active year for collective bargaining. There are cases pending before the state and federal courts that will directly or indirectly impact PERC or the statutes administered by PERC. Additionally, our annual LERA conference will be held on April 5 and 6 in Seattle. This highly regarded and successful conference brings labor, management, and neutrals together to learn recent developments and outcomes, build skills, and gather information regarding collective bargaining.

Finally, as the year closes, I want to thank my staff for their continued dedication and professionalism. It is through their work and commitment that PERC is regarded as a credible neutral. Happy holidays and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sig

Michael P. Sellars, Executive Director

Public Employment Relations Commission

(360) 570-7306

Mike.Sellars@perc.wa.gov

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