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179A.04 COMMISSIONER'S POWER, AUTHORITY, AND DUTIES.
    Subdivision 1. Petitions. The commissioner shall accept and investigate all petitions for:
(a) certification or decertification as the exclusive representative of an appropriate unit;
(b) mediation services;
(c) any election or other voting procedures provided for in sections 179A.01 to 179A.25;
(d) certification to the Board of Arbitration; and
(e) fair share fee challenges, upon the receipt of a filing fee. The commissioner shall hear and
decide all issues in a fair share fee challenge.
    Subd. 2. Unit determination. The commissioner shall determine appropriate units, under the
criteria of section 179A.09.
    Subd. 3. Other duties. (a) The commissioner shall:
    (1) provide mediation services as requested by the parties until the parties reach agreement,
and may continue to assist parties after they have submitted their final positions for interest
arbitration;
    (2) issue notices, subpoenas, and orders required by law to carry out duties under sections
179A.01 to 179A.25;
    (3) assist the parties in formulating petitions, notices, and other papers required to be filed
with the commissioner;
    (4) conduct elections;
    (5) certify the final results of any election or other voting procedure conducted under
sections 179A.01 to 179A.25;
    (6) adopt rules relating to the administration of this chapter and the conduct of hearings and
elections;
    (7) receive, catalogue, file, and make available to the public all decisions of arbitrators and
panels authorized by sections 179A.01 to 179A.25, all grievance arbitration decisions, and the
commissioner's orders and decisions;
    (8) adopt, subject to chapter 14, a grievance procedure that fulfills the purposes of section
179A.20, subdivision 4, that is available to any employee in a unit not covered by a contractual
grievance procedure;
    (9) maintain a schedule of state employee classifications or positions assigned to each unit
established in section 179A.10, subdivision 2;
    (10) collect fees established by rule for empanelment of persons on the labor arbitrator roster
maintained by the commissioner or in conjunction with fair share fee challenges. Arbitrator
application fees will be $100 per year for initial applications and renewals effective July 1, 2007;
    (11) provide technical support and assistance to voluntary joint labor-management
committees established for the purpose of improving relationships between exclusive
representatives and employers, at the discretion of the commissioner;
    (12) provide to the parties a list of arbitrators as required by section 179A.16, subdivision
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; and
    (13) maintain a list of up to 60 arbitrators for referral to employers and exclusive
representatives for the resolution of grievance or interest disputes. Each person on the list must be
knowledgeable about collective bargaining and labor relations in the public sector, well versed
in state and federal labor law, and experienced in and knowledgeable about labor arbitration.
To the extent practicable, the commissioner shall appoint members to the list so that the list is
gender and racially diverse.
    (b) From the names provided by representative organizations, the commissioner shall
maintain a list of arbitrators to conduct teacher discharge or termination hearings according to
section 122A.40 or 122A.41. The persons on the list must meet at least one of the following
requirements:
    (1) be a former or retired judge;
    (2) be a qualified arbitrator on the list maintained by the bureau;
    (3) be a present, former, or retired administrative law judge; or
    (4) be a neutral individual who is learned in the law and admitted to practice in Minnesota,
who is qualified by experience to conduct these hearings, and who is without bias to either party.
    Each year, education Minnesota shall provide a list of up to 14 names and the Minnesota
School Boards Association a list of up to 14 names of persons to be on the list. The commissioner
may adopt rules about maintaining and updating the list.
    Subd. 4. Location of hearings. Hearings and mediation meetings authorized by this section
shall be held at a time and place determined by the commissioner, but, whenever practical, a
hearing shall be held in the general geographic area where the question has arisen or exists.
History: 1984 c 462 s 5; 1985 c 157 s 1; 1987 c 186 s 15; 1990 c 546 s 4; 1991 c 196 s 5;
1992 c 458 s 1; 1992 c 582 s 6; 1993 c 122 s 3; 1994 c 560 art 2 s 17; 1995 c 239 s 2; 1996 c 425
s 8; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1999 c 221 s 6; 2000 c 501 s 4; 2007 c 135 art 2 s 20