Mediation for Labor-Management Issues (260-RICR-30-05-1)


1.1 Authority

This regulation is promulgated pursuant to the authority granted in R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 28-9.3-9, 28-9.4-10, and 36-11-7.1.

1.2 Demand for Compulsory Mediation

A. In the event that after exercising their rights and fulfilling their duties the collective bargaining representative of the employees and the employer are:

1. Unable within the time limitations as provided by the applicable statute to reach an agreement on a contract; and,

2. Have been unable to resolve all outstanding issues by means of voluntary mediation; and,

3. Have not made a timely demand for arbitration as provided by the applicable statute

B. A written demand for compulsory mediation of all unresolved issues shall be served upon the director, by certified mail, on or before the day specified in the applicable statute.

1.3 Extension of Time

The director may extend the period for submitting the demand for compulsory mediation upon the mutual consent of both parties; however, in no event may such period extend beyond the tenth (10th) day prior to the expiration of the existing contract. Extensions of time for compulsory mediation in school teacher disputes under R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 28-9.3 may not extend beyond the tenth (10th) day prior to the scheduled close of school in June of the last year of the contract in effect.

1.4 Appointment of Mediators

A. Upon receipt of the demand for compulsory mediation, the director shall establish a panel of persons knowledgeable and experienced in labor-management relations to serve as mediators within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of the demand for compulsory mediation;

B. A mediator shall be selected by mutual agreement from said panel; however, if the parties are unable to mutually agree upon a mediator, the parties shall give notice of their inability to agree and the director shall appoint a mediator from said panel within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of said notice.

1.5 Compulsory Attendance

The mediator shall have the authority to compel the attendance of the collective bargaining representatives of the parties to all meetings until all issues are resolved.

1.6 Procedure

A. Proceedings before the mediator shall be informal. A stenographic or taped record is permitted upon the consent of both parties. The mediator's notes shall be confidential and the privileged information of the mediator;

B. The location of the mediation conference shall be agreed upon by the parties; however, if the parties are unable to agree upon a location, it shall be selected by the mediator with preference given to locations available at no cost. In the event a cost is associated with the use of any location, payment shall be made equally by the parties;

C. The mediator shall conduct the mediation conference according to generally accepted methods and techniques associated with mediation, including the engagement of separate caucuses;

D. If the parties are unable to resolve all issues during and in the course of the mediation conference, the mediator shall render to the parties a verbal advisory opinion with respect to said issues;

E. If any unresolved issues remain irreconcilable as between the parties after a full and fair mediation process, the matter may proceed to arbitration pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 28-9.3.

1.7 Duties of the Parties

It shall be the duty of the parties to meet all deadlines as hereinbefore provided, and to participate diligently, conscientiously and in good faith while exercising reasonable judgment in resolving the dispute.

1.8 Mediation Fees

The mediators shall be permitted to charge either on the basis of a per diem fee, or an hourly fee for services, and said amounts shall be subject to approval of the director and stated in the list of mediators when issued to parties pursuant to § 1.4(A) of this Part.

Title 260 Department of Labor and Training
Chapter 30 Workforce Regulation and Safety
Subchapter 05 Labor Standards
Part 1 Mediation for Labor-Management Issues (260-RICR-30-05-1)
Type of Filing Direct Final Amendment
Regulation Status Inactive
Effective 04/19/2018 to 01/04/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws 28-9.3-9, 28-9.4-10, 36-11-7.1

Purpose and Reason:

This regulation provides the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of parties in mediation. There are no substantive differences between the proposed rule and the final rule. The final rule was signed by the agency head on May 2, 2018.