Voluntary arbitration

1. Concepts

“Voluntary arbitration” – refers to the mode of settling labor-management disputes by which the parties select a competent, trained and impartial persons who shall decide on the merits of the case and whose decisions is final, executory and unappealable. (Section 1[d], NCMB Procedural Guidelines in the Conduct of Voluntary Arbitration Proceedings)

“Voluntary Arbitrator” — Arbitrator for short, refers to any person who has been accredited by the Board as such, or any person named or designated in the collective bargaining agreement by the parties as their voluntary arbitrator, or one chosen with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment, pursuant to a selection procedure agreed upon in the CBA. (Section 1[e], Ibid.)

“Collective Bargaining Agreement” — CBA for short, refers to the negotiated contract between a duly recognized of certified exclusive bargaining agent of rank-and-file workers and the employer concerning wages, hours of work and all other terms and conditions of employment on the appropriate bargaining agreement, including mandatory provisions for grievance and arbitration machineries. (Section 1[f], Ibid.)

“Grievance” — is a complaint or dissatisfaction arising from the interpretation or implementation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and those arising from interpretation or enforcement of personnel policies. (Section 1[g], Ibid.)

“Grievance Procedure” — refers to the system of grievance settlement at the plan...


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