The Employer and the Association shall establish a list of four (4) permanent umpires to preside over all arbitrations. Within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this agreement, the parties shall each submit a name of 10 arbitrators to one another. Each party shall strike the names of no more than six (6) potential arbitrators from the other's list. Should there be four (4) names acceptable to both parties, then those arbitrators shall be contacted for inclusion in the panel. Should fewer than four (4) mutually acceptable arbitrators remain, the parties shall generate a list of up to ten (10) additional arbitrators. The second list may contain those arbitrators identified as mutually agreeable during the first round. Should the second-round end with less than four (4) acceptable names, the parties will continue to meet to determine four (4) individuals who would be mutually acceptable for the panel. While such discussions are ongoing the parties shall use the below system for arbitration selection:

  1. The Employer and the Association may attempt to select an arbitrator. If there is no mutual selection of an arbitrator within seven (7) calendar days after notice of intent to arbitrate, selection of an arbitrator will be from a panel of seven arbitrators secured from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation (FMCS).
  2. No later than seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the panel, the parties will select an arbitrator by alternatively striking names. The order of striking will be determined by a coin toss. The remaining name will serve as arbitrator.