The specific qualifications and process for applying to the ERB Arbitrator/Factfinder Panel are set out in OAR 115-040-0030. The qualifications include:
The applicant must be neutral. An applicant cannot be actively engaged as an advocate in labor relations or so closely identified with either labor or management that, in the opinion of the Conciliator and Chair, he/she would not be accepted as a neutral.
The applicant must:
1. Be capable of conducting an orderly hearing, analyzing testimony and exhibits and preparing clear and concise findings and awards within reasonable time limits;
2. Be acceptable to the parties, based on references; and
3. Have experience:
a) In a decision-making role in collective bargaining or labor relations disputes; or
b) As a principle spokesperson representing either labor or management in the factfinding/arbitration process or in the collective bargaining process, sufficient to ensure a thorough understanding thereof; or
c) In a relevant academic role at the college or university level.
Applicant should have a degree in industrial relations, law or some other discipline which, in the opinion of the Conciliator and Chair, would qualify the applicant to act as a factfinder and arbitrator.