Following completion of the Third Step of the grievance procedure, if the grievance is subject to arbitration and remains unresolved, the Union on behalf of the grievant may request arbitration. The request for arbitration must be given to the County Counsel and the Director of Labor Relations in writing within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the response from Step Three. Within thirty (30) days of submitting a written request for arbitration, the Union and the County shall begin the process for selecting an arbitrator and scheduling a hearing date. An extension of the thirty (30)-day timeline must be requested in writing by either party and agreed upon by both parties.
An arbitrator may be selected by mutual agreement of the Union and County. However, should the parties fail to mutually agree on an arbitrator, they shall make a joint request of the State Conciliation Service for a list of five qualified arbitrators. The arbitrator shall be selected from the list by the parties alternately striking names with the first strike determined by chance.
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