PART Pub 102 ORGANIZATION, SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY, QUORUM
(a) The board regulates public sector bargaining and is the agency responsible for the administration of laws pertaining to labor-management relations between public sector labor organizations and public sector management at the municipal, district, county, state and university levels as well as between horse and dog track labor organizations and their management in the private sector.
(b) Using the guidelines set forth in RSA 273-A:8 and Pub 302.01 and 302.02, the the board determines appropriate bargaining units. Such bargaining units may be determined upon the basis of the parties' agreement or as the result of bargaining unit composition hearings. It also certifies and decertifies exclusive bargaining unit representatives through the secret ballot election process or written majority authorization, as applicable.
(c) The board hears and decides unfair labor practice cases and issues formal written decisions.
(d) The board grants interim relief and issues declaratory rulings.
(e) The board is identified under RSA 273-A:12, as a resource to assist parties in the resolution of disputes. The board furnishes names of neutrals who might act as mediators or fact finders to assist the parties when they encounter difficulties in contract negotiations or have reached impasse. The board has rulemaking authority as found at RSA 273-A:2. At the specific and mutual request of parties, the board furnishes the names of neutrals who might act to assist the parties in the resolution of a specified grievance.
(a) Pursuant to RSA 273-A:2, I, the board shall be composed of 5 members, appointed by the governor with the consent of the executive council. Of these members, 2 shall have extensive experience representing organized labor and 2 shall have extensive experience in representing management interests. The fifth member who shall be the chair shall be appointed to represent the public at large, and shall not hold elective or appointive public office, or elective or appointive office or membership in, organized labor at the time of/or during the term of appointment. Members of the board are subject to removal by the governor and council for cause pursuant to RSA 273-A:2, I.
(b) Pursuant to RSA 273-A:2, I-a, the governor and council shall appoint, in addition to the regular board members specified in (a), 4 alternate board members. Of these alternate members, one shall have extensive experience representing organized labor, one member shall have extensive experience in representing management interests, and 2 members shall represent the public at large. The alternate members representing the public at large shall not hold elective or appointive public office, or elective or appointive office, or membership in, organized labor at the time of/or during the term of appointment. Alternate board members shall serve a 6 year term, and shall be subject to removal by the governor and council.
(c) Pursuant to 273-A:2, III, a quorum shall consist of 3 members of the board. However, no meeting shall be held unless organized labor, management and the public at large are each represented by at least one board member. In the absence of the 2 regular board members representing organized labor, the 2 regular board members representing management, or the member representing the public at large, their respective alternates shall act in their places in order to constitute a quorum representative of each interest. Alternate board members shall also serve when the respective regular board members do not participate in a case due to a conflict of interest.
(a) The board's offices are located at:
Public Employee Labor Relations Board
2 1/2 Beacon Street, Suite 200
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
(b) Electronic correspondence or filings shall be addressed and sent to the board at [email protected]nh.gov.
(b) The board may be contacted by telephone at (603) 271-2587. Information about the board is available on its website: www.nh.gov/pelrb.