|STEP I|| The Union shall present the grievance in the form of a memorandum to the person designated for
such purpose by the Commissioner of Labor Relations no later than 120 days after the date on
which the dispute arose except a dispute concerning employees of the Health and Hospitals
Corporation shall be filed directly at STEP 1(a) of this dispute procedure. The Commissioner of
Labor Relations or the Commissioner's designee shall investigate the grievance and shall issue a
determination within thirty (30) work days of the receipt of the grievance, except, a determination
involving a dispute arising pursuant to subsections 5(f) and 5(g) of Article XVIII or an appeal
from STEP 1(a) shall be issued within fifteen (15) work days following the date of its receipt.
An appeal from an unsatisfactory determination at STEP 1 may be brought by the Union to the Office of Collective Bargaining for impartial arbitration within fifteen (15) work days of receipt of the STEP 1 determination. In addition, the Employer shall have the right to bring directly to arbitration any dispute between the parties concerning any matter defined herein as a "grievance". The Employer shall commence such arbitration by submitting a written request therefor to the Office of Collective Bargaining. A copy of the notice requesting impartial arbitration shall be forwarded to the opposing party. The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the Consolidated Rules of the Office of Collective Bargaining. The costs and fees of such arbitration shall be borne equally by the Union and the Employer.
Both the Employer and the Union will request the arbitrator to make every reasonable effort to issue the decision within thirty (30) days. The arbitrator's decision, order or award (if any) shall be limited to the application and interpretation of the Article XVIII and the arbitrator shall not add to, subtract from or modify said Article. The arbitrator's award shall be final and binding and enforceable in any appropriate tribunal in accordance with Article 75 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. The arbitrator may provide for and direct such relief as the arbitrator deems necessary and proper, subject to the limitations set forth above and any applicable limitations of law.