A grievance which directly and primarily involves the application, alleged violation, or interpretation herein, except as otherwise provided in this Memorandum, is arbitrable. If the grievance is submitted to arbitration by the Association, neither offers of settlement nor concessions for settlement made during the grievance procedure steps prior to mediation shall be admissible in arbitration.
Following the Third Step of the grievance procedure provided herein, if the grievance is subject to arbitration and remains unresolved, the Association on behalf of the grievant may request arbitration. The request for arbitration must be given to the County Counsel and the Employee Relations Manager, in writing, within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the response from Step Three.
Within fourteen (14) days of submitting a written request for arbitration, the Association and the County shall begin the process for selecting an arbitrator and scheduling a hearing date. An extension of the fourteen (14)-day timeline must be requested in writing by either party and agreed upon by both parties. Failure to comply with the timelines set forth in this section or other timeline mutually agreed upon by the parties shall immediately terminate the grievance and all rights provided under the grievance procedure.
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