For purposes of this section the term "appointing authority" has the meaning given it by section 43A.02, subdivision 5.
In all negotiations between the executive branch of the state and exclusive representatives, the state executive branch shall be represented by the commissioner of management and budget or the commissioner's representative. The attorney general, and each appointing authority shall cooperate with the commissioner of management and budget in conducting negotiations and shall make available any personnel and other resources necessary to enable the commissioner to conduct effective negotiations.
The commissioner of management and budget is authorized to enter into agreements with exclusive representatives. The negotiated agreements and arbitration decision must be submitted to the legislature to be accepted or rejected in accordance with this section and section 3.855.