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November 19, 1997

Reopening a PERB proceeding

Reopening a PERB proceeding
Matter of Chenango Forks CSD, 29 PERB 3057

If a party agrees to have a proceeding "administratively closed," it cannot later argue that it was an error to reopen the proceeding. This was one of several issues included in exceptions of a PERB administrative law judge's resolution of charges filed against the Chenango Forks Central School District by the Chenango Forks Transportation Association.

The Association charged the District with violating §§209-a.1(a),(c) and (d) when it unilaterally directed both the Association's president and its secretary from discussing union business on school property.

Although the charge had been "administratively closed," the District consented to its being reopened by PERB's administrative law judge. Ultimately the administrative law judge ruled that the District had violated the Taylor Law when it unilaterally barred employees from discussing employment issues while on school property.

The District's exception to this determination contended that "the administrative law judge erred by allowing the Association to reopen the charge because the Association had not filed a second notice of claim pursuant to Education Law §3813 when the case was reopened.

PERB rejected the District's argument, succinctly commenting that "the District agreed to reopen the case and it cannot now argue that the reopening was error." According to PERB, by agreeing to the reopening, "the District waived any claim the reopening should have been denied."

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