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(1) If after a 150-calendar-day period of good faith negotiation over the terms of an agreement or 150 days after certification or recognition of an exclusive representative an agreement has not been signed, either or both of the parties may notify the board of personnel appeals of the status of the negotiations and of the need for a mediator. The parties may agree to request a mediator before the end of the 150-day period. The 150-day period begins when the parties meet for the first bargaining session and each party has received the other party's initial proposal. Upon receipt of the notification, the board of personnel appeals shall appoint a mediator and notify the parties of the appointment.
(2)(a) After 15 days of mediation, either party may declare an impasse. The mediator may declare an impasse at any time during the mediation process. Written notification of an impasse must be filed with the board of personnel appeals.
(b) Within 7 days of the declaration of an impasse, each party shall submit to the mediator the final written offer of the party, including a cost summary of the offer. Within 7 days of receipt of the final offers, the mediator shall make public the final offers, including any proposed contract language and each party's cost summary addressing those issues on which the parties have failed to reach an agreement. Each party's proposed contract language must be titled “Final Offer”.
(c) Within 30 days after the mediator makes public the parties' final offers, the parties may agree to and, upon agreement, shall jointly petition the board of personnel appeals to appoint a fact finder. The fact finder must be appointed as provided in 39-31-308(2).
(d) If an agreement is not reached within 30 days after the mediator makes the final offers public or, if the parties participated in fact finding, within 30 days after the receipt of the fact finder's report, either party may petition the board of personnel appeals for binding arbitration. The petition must include a copy of each party's final offer, as provided in subsection (2)(b).
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Montana Title 39. Labor § 39-31-502. Mediation of disputes - last updated April 27, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/mt/title-39-labor/mt-code-ann-sect-39-31-502.html
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