After assignment of the case, the Division agent schedules a hearing date approximately six weeks from the date the petition was filed. The Office of the Executive Secretary then sends a Notice of Hearing to all interested parties: the petitioner, the public employer, the incumbent employee organization, if any, and any intervenors. 456 CMR 14.08. After issuance and receipt of the Notice of Hearing, any oral or written communication, including requests to postpone any R case conference or hearing, should be directed to the Division agent assigned. Parties requests for postponement of a conference or hearing must be in writing, with notice to all other parties, and, if possible, suggesting mutually agreed-upon alternative dates and times. The Division agent may schedule a pre-hearing conference with the parties to resolve any disputed issues, to narrow the issues for hearing, and/or to execute a consent election agreement.

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