Texas Local Government Code

Sec. § 174.153
Request for Arbitration; Agreement to Arbitrate


A public employer or an association that is a bargaining agent may request the appointment of an arbitration board if:


the parties:


reach an impasse in collective bargaining; or


are unable to settle after the appropriate lawmaking body fails to approve a contract reached through collective bargaining;


the parties made every reasonable effort, including mediation, to settle the dispute through good-faith collective bargaining; and


the public employer or association gives written notice to the other party, specifying the issue in dispute.


A request for arbitration must be made not later than the fifth day after:


the date an impasse was reached under Section 174.152 (Impasse); or


the expiration of an extension period under Section 174.152 (Impasse).


An election by both parties to arbitrate must:


be made not later than the fifth day after the date arbitration is requested; and


be a written agreement to arbitrate.


A party may not request arbitration more than once in a fiscal year.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

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