It being the desire of both parties to insure a harmonious relationship and to resolve mutual problems before the Grievance Procedure becomes necessary, a Joint Labor Relations Committee (JLRC) is hereby created which will be maintained by the Employer and the Union during the life of this Agreement.
This Committee is to be comprised of two (2) or more representatives designated by the Union and two (2) or more representatives designated by the University. Each side of the Committee shall have an equal vote. A quorum of at least two (2) members from each side will be necessary in order for a meeting to be held.
Due to the nature of the industry, the Union and the Employer shall designate alternative Committee members to replace those members not available for the regularly scheduled meeting. Each party hereto shall provide the other party with a list of current members and alternates.
Union members of the JLRC shall be allowed reasonable release time to attend JLRC meetings. The Employer shall pay employee JLRC representatives for their time attending JLRC meetings (regular day rate as if working on the vessel).
The JLRC meetings will be held at the request of either party to discuss and mediate subjects which are pertinent to this Labor Agreement. It is the intent and purpose of this Committee to arrive at equitable solutions to contractual issues and to promote a harmonious working relationship for those who derive their livelihood therein.
The meetings of the Joint Labor Relations Committee shall be as follows.
The duties of the Joint Labor Relations Committee shall be as follows:
By majority vote contractual decision of the Joint Labor Relations Committee shall be final and binding on all parties to this Agreement.
It shall be the firm intention of the parties to resolve any grievance at the local level. The term "local level" as herein used means "Union Representative and Employer Representative."
The grievance procedures of this Agreement shall be the exclusive remedy with respect to any dispute arising between the Union and Employer, and no other remedies may be utilized by any person with respect to any dispute involving this Agreement until the grievance procedures herein have been exhausted.
In the event of a dispute arising out of the interpretation of the Agreement, the aggrieved employee, the Union or the Union Steward shall as soon as possible, but in no event more than thirty (30) calendar days after the facts and circumstances actually become known, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have become known, bring his complaint before his immediate supervisor. The employee (or his representative or the Union) and the immediate supervisor shall make every effort to resolve the complaint at this meeting. In the event the immediate supervisor is not the appropriate person to settle the complaint, the complaint may be referred to the Labor Relations Department. In either event the parties shall have (10) ten working days from the date of first referral to settle the dispute or when the vessel arrives in Seattle.
Failing to resolve the complaint within ten (10) working days or as stated above, the matter may be referred by either party, in writing, to the Joint Labor Relations Committee (JLRC) at its next scheduled meeting.
On termination and discharge grievances the Joint Labor Relations Committee will call a special meeting within ten (10) working days to adjudicate the grievance.
In the event the Employer and Union members of the JLRC fail to agree on the dispute before them, such dispute, will be referred within thirty (30) calendar days of the JLRC to the arbitrator for hearing and decision.