June 21, 2010

Cause of action exists on unfair labor practice (ULP) over agency-specific (supplemental) bargaining; ball in state's court

It took just three days, but a state commission asked to referee the dispute over agency-specific bargaining ruled Friday that a cause of action exists against the state.

The Public Employment Relations Commission has given the state 21 days to answer the allegations in the unfair labor practice complaint filed June 15 by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

The PERC ruling means the Federation’s unfair labor practice complaint has quickly cleared its first hurdle.

The union alleges the state has violated the law by not agreeing to negotiations on agency-specific issues away from the main General Government bargaining table. When those issues are rolled into the main negotiations, they sometimes get pushed aside as the clock runs out toward the Oct. 1 deadline the state relies on.

Keep posted for further hotline updates this week.

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