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Section 558 - Voluntary and Mandatory Settlement or Adjustment of Disputes


It is Board policy to encourage the voluntary efforts of the parties to settle or adjust disputes involving issues of representation, unfair labor practices, standards of conduct or issues arising during negotiations.


In addition, the parties’ efforts at resolution and any settlements or adjustments reached shall be consistent with the provisions, purposes and policies of the CMPA.


No admissions, offers of settlement or proposals of adjustment made during such efforts toward resolution may be used in any proceeding as evidence or as an admission of a violation of any law or regulation.


At the discretion of the Board the Board’s discretion, all parties filing pleadings before the Board shall submit to the mandatory mediation program established by the Board.


The Board or its designee shall designate the mediator in each matter.


The parties shall make a good faith effort in all mediations before the Board to resolve the issues in dispute as identified in the pleadings submitted to the Board.  Party representatives to the mandatory mediation proceedings must have the settlement authority of the party.


When applicable, the Parties are to inform the Board when they have multiple cases pending.  The Board encourages the resolution and consolidation of multiple cases for the purpose of mediation.


If mediation does not resolve an impasse within thirty (30) days or any shorter period designated by the mediator, the Executive Director may terminate mediation and continue proceedings for resolution of the matter pursuant to the Board Rules and the CMPA.