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On July 22, 2010, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) assumed the responsibility of administering the New York State Employment Relations Act (SERA) , previously performed by the State Employment Relations Board (SERB).

Generally speaking, most of SERB's private sector procedures will be continued FOR NOW. However, some administrative details are being changed. Procedures Involving Arbitration, Mediation and Taft-Hartley Notices:

  • The Office of Conciliation, through its Director, will be responsible for handling all inquiries and matters dealing with mediation for initial and successor contract negotiations and grievance-arbitration disputes;
  • Taft-Hartley notices should be sent to the Director by postal mail, email, or fax at PERB, 80 Wolf Rd, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12205, perbinfo@perb.ny.gov, or 518-457-2664;
  • Requests for mediation or other assistance in initial and successor contract negotiations should be sent to the Director by postal mail, email, or fax at PERB, 80 Wolf Rd, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12205, perbinfo@perb.ny.gov, or 518-457-2664, utilizing the Request for Contract Mediation Assistance form available on the PERB website.
  • For now, PERB will continue to utilize SERB's current panels of arbitrators for private sector grievance arbitration only. Requests for these services should be filed with the Director by postal mail at PERB, 80 Wolf Rd, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12205, utilizing the Demand for Arbitration form available on the PERB website.
  • Requests for designation of a panel arbitrator will be processed in accordance with §207.3 through §207.15 of PERB's existing Rules of Procedure for Voluntary Grievance Arbitration. Please note that these procedures for ranking and designation of an arbitrator differ from those formerly utilized by the SERB;
  • Requests for appointment of a pro bono arbitrator will result in assignments from SERB's list of pro bono arbitrators;
  • Once PERB assigns a pro bono or designates a panel arbitrator to hear a grievance dispute, the arbitrator and the parties involved must make their own arrangements for dates and locations for conducting the hearing per §207.9 of PERB's Rules;
  • When possible, PERB will make space available only at its Albany office for grievance arbitration hearings assigned to pro bono arbitrators;
  • PERB will be assessing a $50 per party administrative filing fee for all Demands for Arbitration per §207.15 of PERB's Rules. No arbitrator will be assigned or designated to a grievance arbitration matter until the fees are received by PERB.

For Adjudicatory Matters under SERA:

  • The Office of Employment Practices and Representation, through its Director, will be responsible for handling all inquiries and proceedings dealing with allegations of unfair labor practices and questions concerning representation;
  • Unfair Labor Practice charges and Representation petitions should be filed with the Director by postal mail at PERB, 80 Wolf Rd, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12205, in accordance with former SERB rules Part 252, utilizing the Filing an Unfair Labor Practice or Petition for Investigation and Certification of Representative forms, which are modified SERB forms, available on the PERB website.

We promise to provide the same respect and professional attention to the private sector clientele that those in the public sector have come to expect and appreciate. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through this transition.

Jerome Lefkowitz
Chairperson

perbinfo@perb.ny.gov

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