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Conciliation is a Board ordered final offer settlement procedure for Strike-Prohibited units who have reached impasse in contract negotiations and have rejected the Fact-Finding Report.

The Conciliation process is available to public employees, who are:

  • Members of a police or fire department.
  • Members of the state highway patrol.
  • Deputy sheriffs.
  • Dispatchers employed by a police, fire, or sheriff's department or the state highway patrol.
  • Civilian dispatchers employed by a public employer who dispatch police, fire, sheriff's department, or emergency medical or rescue personnel and units.
  • Exclusive nurse's unit.
  • Employees of the state school for the deaf or the state school for the blind.
  • Employees of any public employee retirement system.
  • Corrections officers.
  • Guards at penal or mental institutions.
  • Special police officers appointed in accordance with sections 5119.14 (Mental Health) and 5123.13 (Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities) of the Revised Code.
  • Psychiatric attendants employed at mental health forensic facilities.
  • Youth leaders employed at juvenile correctional facilities.
  • Members of a law enforcement security force that are established and maintained exclusively by a board of county commissioners and whose members are employed by that board.

The Conciliation Selection process:

  • Board orders the parties to Conciliation.
  • The Bureau of Mediation sends to both parties a randomly selected panel of five Conciliators from the Roster of Neutrals.
  • Within five days of receipt of the Conciliation Panel, the parties shall make a selection and notify the Board by email.
  • Parties shall select a Conciliator by the alternate striking of names method unless the parties agree to an alternative means of selection.
  • Due to time restrictions, SERB does not send second panels for conciliation. The parties should make an alternative selection from the SERB Roster if they are not satisfied with the panel provided.
  • SERB will appoint a Conciliator if the parties are unable to reach mutual agreement.

Conciliator Hearing process:

  • The Conciliator will establish a hearing date, time, and location after consultation with the parties.
  • A Conciliator, unlike a fact finder, cannot devise a solution but must choose on an issue-by-issue basis from between each of the party’s final settlement offers.
  • Conciliation Position Statements are due to the Conciliator, the other side, and the Board at least five days prior to the hearing.
  • The Conciliator must write and issue a report within 30 calendar days of the last day of the hearing, unless the parties mutually agree to an extension.
  • The Conciliator writes an award which is binding.
  • The fees of the Conciliator are split between the parties 50/50.