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This regulation is promulgated pursuant to the authority granted in R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 28-7.

The public policy of the State of Rhode Island, as it relates to labor relations, is to encourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining, and to protect employees in the exercise of full freedom of association, self organization and designation of representatives of their ownchoosing for the purpose of collective bargaining, or mutual aid andprotection, free from the interference, restraint or coercion oftheir employers.

The composition of the RI State Labor Relations Board is defined pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-7-4.

The RI State Labor Relations Board is anautonomous Board created within the Department of Labor and Training. However, neitherthe Director of the Department of Labor and Training, nor any board or otheragency shall in any way review, modify or reverse any decision or finding ofthe Board, or supervise or control the Board, in its exercise of its powers, orperformance of its duties, as defined by law.

The Board is comprised of sevenmembers who areappointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Three members of the Board are appointed to represent labor, three members are appointed to represent management, including at least one representative of local government, and one member of the Board isappointed as a representative of the public generally. The Board Member'sappointments are for terms of six years; the Governor designates one memberto serve as Chairperson of the Board. Two members of the Board constitute aquorum.

State law does not expressly limitthe Board’s jurisdiction over employers; however, the Board’s jurisdiction ispreempted as to certain employers, by federal law. As a practical matter, formany years, the Board’s cases have been limited to municipal, state,quasi-municipal and quasi-state (various “authorities”) employers.

What's New with RISLRB?
New Forms and Petitions - 2020

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