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90_HB0896eng 5 ILCS 315/14 from Ch. 48, par. 1614 Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to allow arbitration of firefighter residency requirements in municipalities with a population under 1,000,000. Effective immediately. LRB9003997EGfg HB0896 Engrossed LRB9003997EGfg 1 AN ACT in relation to negotiation of firefighter 2 residency requirements, amending a named Act. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act is 6 amended by changing Section 14 as follows: 7 (5 ILCS 315/14) (from Ch. 48, par. 1614) 8 Sec. 14. Security Employee, Peace Officer and Fire 9 Fighter Disputes. 10 (a) In the case of collective bargaining agreements 11 involving units of security employees of a public employer, 12 Peace Officer Units, or units of fire fighters or paramedics, 13 and in the case of disputes under Section 18, unless the 14 parties mutually agree to some other time limit, mediation 15 shall commence 30 days prior to the expiration date of such 16 agreement or at such later time as the mediation services 17 chosen under subsection (b) of Section 12 can be provided to 18 the parties. In the case of negotiations for an initial 19 collective bargaining agreement, mediation shall commence 20 upon 15 days notice from either party or at such later time 21 as the mediation services chosen pursuant to subsection (b) 22 of Section 12 can be provided to the parties. In mediation 23 under this Section, if either party requests the use of 24 mediation services from the Federal Mediation and 25 Conciliation Service, the other party shall either join in 26 such request or bear the additional cost of mediation 27 services from another source. The mediator shall have a duty 28 to keep the Board informed on the progress of the mediation. 29 If any dispute has not been resolved within 15 days after the 30 first meeting of the parties and the mediator, or within such 31 other time limit as may be mutually agreed upon by the HB0896 Engrossed -2- LRB9003997EGfg 1 parties, either the exclusive representative or employer may 2 request of the other, in writing, arbitration, and shall 3 submit a copy of the request to the Board. 4 (b) Within 10 days after such a request for arbitration 5 has been made, the employer shall choose a delegate and the 6 employees' exclusive representative shall choose a delegate 7 to a panel of arbitration as provided in this Section. The 8 employer and employees shall forthwith advise the other and 9 the Board of their selections. 10 (c) Within 7 days of the request of either party, the 11 Board shall select from the Public Employees Labor Mediation 12 Roster 7 persons who are on the labor arbitration panels of 13 either the American Arbitration Association or the Federal 14 Mediation and Conciliation Service, or who are members of the 15 National Academy of Arbitrators, as nominees for impartial 16 arbitrator of the arbitration panel. The parties may select 17 an individual on the list provided by the Board or any other 18 individual mutually agreed upon by the parties. Within 7 19 days following the receipt of the list, the parties shall 20 notify the Board of the person they have selected. Unless 21 the parties agree on an alternate selection procedure, they 22 shall alternatively strike one name from the list provided by 23 the Board until only one name remains. A coin toss shall 24 determine which party shall strike the first name. If the 25 parties fail to notify the Board in a timely manner of their 26 selection for neutral chairman, the Board shall appoint a 27 neutral chairman from the Illinois Public Employees 28 Mediation/Arbitration Roster. 29 (d) The chairman shall call a hearing to begin within 15 30 days and give reasonable notice of the time and place of the 31 hearing. The hearing shall be held at the offices of the 32 Board or at such other location as the Board deems 33 appropriate. The chairman shall preside over the hearing and 34 shall take testimony. Any oral or documentary evidence and HB0896 Engrossed -3- LRB9003997EGfg 1 other data deemed relevant by the arbitration panel may be 2 received in evidence. The proceedings shall be informal. 3 Technical rules of evidence shall not apply and the 4 competency of the evidence shall not thereby be deemed 5 impaired. A verbatim record of the proceedings shall be made 6 and the arbitrator shall arrange for the necessary recording 7 service. Transcripts may be ordered at the expense of the 8 party ordering them, but the transcripts shall not be 9 necessary for a decision by the arbitration panel. The 10 expense of the proceedings, including a fee for the chairman, 11 established in advance by the Board, shall be borne equally 12 by each of the parties to the dispute. The delegates, if 13 public officers or employees, shall continue on the payroll 14 of the public employer without loss of pay. The hearing 15 conducted by the arbitration panel may be adjourned from time 16 to time, but unless otherwise agreed by the parties, shall be 17 concluded within 30 days of the time of its commencement. 18 Majority actions and rulings shall constitute the actions and 19 rulings of the arbitration panel. Arbitration proceedings 20 under this Section shall not be interrupted or terminated by 21 reason of any unfair labor practice charge filed by either 22 party at any time. 23 (e) The arbitration panel may administer oaths, require 24 the attendance of witnesses, and the production of such 25 books, papers, contracts, agreements and documents as may be 26 deemed by it material to a just determination of the issues 27 in dispute, and for such purpose may issue subpoenas. If any 28 person refuses to obey a subpoena, or refuses to be sworn or 29 to testify, or if any witness, party or attorney is guilty of 30 any contempt while in attendance at any hearing, the 31 arbitration panel may, or the attorney general if requested 32 shall, invoke the aid of any circuit court within the 33 jurisdiction in which the hearing is being held, which court 34 shall issue an appropriate order. Any failure to obey the HB0896 Engrossed -4- LRB9003997EGfg 1 order may be punished by the court as contempt. 2 (f) At any time before the rendering of an award, the 3 chairman of the arbitration panel, if he is of the opinion 4 that it would be useful or beneficial to do so, may remand 5 the dispute to the parties for further collective bargaining 6 for a period not to exceed 2 weeks. If the dispute is 7 remanded for further collective bargaining the time 8 provisions of this Act shall be extended for a time period 9 equal to that of the remand. The chairman of the panel of 10 arbitration shall notify the Board of the remand. 11 (g) At or before the conclusion of the hearing held 12 pursuant to subsection (d), the arbitration panel shall 13 identify the economic issues in dispute, and direct each of 14 the parties to submit, within such time limit as the panel 15 shall prescribe, to the arbitration panel and to each other 16 its last offer of settlement on each economic issue. The 17 determination of the arbitration panel as to the issues in 18 dispute and as to which of these issues are economic shall be 19 conclusive. The arbitration panel, within 30 days after the 20 conclusion of the hearing, or such further additional periods 21 to which the parties may agree, shall make written findings 22 of fact and promulgate a written opinion and shall mail or 23 otherwise deliver a true copy thereof to the parties and 24 their representatives and to the Board. As to each economic 25 issue, the arbitration panel shall adopt the last offer of 26 settlement which, in the opinion of the arbitration panel, 27 more nearly complies with the applicable factors prescribed 28 in subsection (h). The findings, opinions and order as to 29 all other issues shall be based upon the applicable factors 30 prescribed in subsection (h). 31 (h) Where there is no agreement between the parties, or 32 where there is an agreement but the parties have begun 33 negotiations or discussions looking to a new agreement or 34 amendment of the existing agreement, and wage rates or other HB0896 Engrossed -5- LRB9003997EGfg 1 conditions of employment under the proposed new or amended 2 agreement are in dispute, the arbitration panel shall base 3 its findings, opinions and order upon the following factors, 4 as applicable: 5 (1) The lawful authority of the employer. 6 (2) Stipulations of the parties. 7 (3) The interests and welfare of the public and the 8 financial ability of the unit of government to meet those 9 costs. 10 (4) Comparison of the wages, hours and conditions 11 of employment of the employees involved in the 12 arbitration proceeding with the wages, hours and 13 conditions of employment of other employees performing 14 similar services and with other employees generally: 15 (A) In public employment in comparable 16 communities. 17 (B) In private employment in comparable 18 communities. 19 (5) The average consumer prices for goods and 20 services, commonly known as the cost of living. 21 (6) The overall compensation presently received by 22 the employees, including direct wage compensation, 23 vacations, holidays and other excused time, insurance and 24 pensions, medical and hospitalization benefits, the 25 continuity and stability of employment and all other 26 benefits received. 27 (7) Changes in any of the foregoing circumstances 28 during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings. 29 (8) Such other factors, not confined to the 30 foregoing, which are normally or traditionally taken into 31 consideration in the determination of wages, hours and 32 conditions of employment through voluntary collective 33 bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration or 34 otherwise between the parties, in the public service or HB0896 Engrossed -6- LRB9003997EGfg 1 in private employment. 2 (i) In the case of peace officers, the arbitration 3 decision shall be limited to wages, hours and conditions of 4 employment and shall not include the following: i) residency 5 requirements; ii) the type of equipment, other than uniforms, 6 issued or used; iii) manning; iv) the total number of 7 employees employed by the department; v) mutual aid and 8 assistance agreements to other units of government; and vi) 9 the criterion pursuant to which force, including deadly 10 force, can be used; provided, nothing herein shall preclude 11 an arbitration decision regarding equipment or manning levels 12 if such decision is based on a finding that the equipment or 13 manning considerations in a specific work assignment involve 14 a serious risk to the safety of a peace officer beyond that 15 which is inherent in the normal performance of police duties. 16 Limitation of the terms of the arbitration decision pursuant 17 to this subsection shall not be construed to limit the 18 factors upon which the decision may be based, as set forth in 19 subsection (h). 20 In the case of fire fighter, and fire department or fire 21 district paramedic matters, the arbitration decision shall be 22 limited to wages, hours, and conditions of employment (which 23 may include residency requirements in municipalities with a 24 population under 1,000,000, but those residency requirements 25 shall not allow residency outside of Illinois) and shall not 26 include the following matters: i) residency requirements in 27 municipalities with a population of at least 1,000,000; ii) 28 the type of equipment (other than uniforms and fire fighter 29 turnout gear) issued or used; iii) the total number of 30 employees employed by the department; iv) mutual aid and 31 assistance agreements to other units of government; and v) 32 the criterion pursuant to which force, including deadly 33 force, can be used; provided, however, nothing herein shall 34 preclude an arbitration decision regarding equipment levels HB0896 Engrossed -7- LRB9003997EGfg 1 if such decision is based on a finding that the equipment 2 considerations in a specific work assignment involve a 3 serious risk to the safety of a fire fighter beyond that 4 which is inherent in the normal performance of fire fighter 5 duties. Limitation of the terms of the arbitration decision 6 pursuant to this subsection shall not be construed to limit 7 the facts upon which the decision may be based, as set forth 8 in subsection (h). 9 For the purposes of this subsection (i), persons who are 10 employed by a combined department that performs both police 11 and firefighting services shall be governed by the provisions 12 relating to peace officers rather than the provisions 13 relating to firefighters. 14 To preserve historical bargaining rights, this subsection 15 shall not apply to any provision of a fire fighter collective 16 bargaining agreement in effect and applicable on the 17 effective date of this Act; provided, however, nothing herein 18 shall preclude arbitration with respect to any such 19 provision. 20 (j) Arbitration procedures shall be deemed to be 21 initiated by the filing of a letter requesting mediation as 22 required under subsection (a) of this Section. The 23 commencement of a new municipal fiscal year after the 24 initiation of arbitration procedures under this Act, but 25 before the arbitration decision, or its enforcement, shall 26 not be deemed to render a dispute moot, or to otherwise 27 impair the jurisdiction or authority of the arbitration panel 28 or its decision. Increases in rates of compensation awarded 29 by the arbitration panel may be effective only at the start 30 of the fiscal year next commencing after the date of the 31 arbitration award. If a new fiscal year has commenced either 32 since the initiation of arbitration procedures under this Act 33 or since any mutually agreed extension of the statutorily 34 required period of mediation under this Act by the parties to HB0896 Engrossed -8- LRB9003997EGfg 1 the labor dispute causing a delay in the initiation of 2 arbitration, the foregoing limitations shall be inapplicable, 3 and such awarded increases may be retroactive to the 4 commencement of the fiscal year, any other statute or charter 5 provisions to the contrary, notwithstanding. At any time the 6 parties, by stipulation, may amend or modify an award of 7 arbitration. 8 (k) Orders of the arbitration panel shall be reviewable, 9 upon appropriate petition by either the public employer or 10 the exclusive bargaining representative, by the circuit court 11 for the county in which the dispute arose or in which a 12 majority of the affected employees reside, but only for 13 reasons that the arbitration panel was without or exceeded 14 its statutory authority; the order is arbitrary, or 15 capricious; or the order was procured by fraud, collusion or 16 other similar and unlawful means. Such petitions for review 17 must be filed with the appropriate circuit court within 90 18 days following the issuance of the arbitration order. The 19 pendency of such proceeding for review shall not 20 automatically stay the order of the arbitration panel. The 21 party against whom the final decision of any such court shall 22 be adverse, if such court finds such appeal or petition to be 23 frivolous, shall pay reasonable attorneys' fees and costs to 24 the successful party as determined by said court in its 25 discretion. If said court's decision affirms the award of 26 money, such award, if retroactive, shall bear interest at the 27 rate of 12 percent per annum from the effective retroactive 28 date. 29 (l) During the pendency of proceedings before the 30 arbitration panel, existing wages, hours, and other 31 conditions of employment shall not be changed by action of 32 either party without the consent of the other but a party may 33 so consent without prejudice to his rights or position under 34 this Act. The proceedings are deemed to be pending before HB0896 Engrossed -9- LRB9003997EGfg 1 the arbitration panel upon the initiation of arbitration 2 procedures under this Act. 3 (m) Security officers of public employers, and Peace 4 Officers, Fire Fighters and fire department and fire 5 protection district paramedics, covered by this Section may 6 not withhold services, nor may public employers lock out or 7 prevent such employees from performing services at any time. 8 (n) All of the terms decided upon by the arbitration 9 panel shall be included in an agreement to be submitted to 10 the public employer's governing body for ratification and 11 adoption by law, ordinance or the equivalent appropriate 12 means. 13 The governing body shall review each term decided by the 14 arbitration panel. If the governing body fails to reject one 15 or more terms of the arbitration panel's decision by a 3/5 16 vote of those duly elected and qualified members of the 17 governing body, within 20 days of issuance, or in the case of 18 firefighters employed by a state university, at the next 19 regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body after 20 issuance, such term or terms shall become a part of the 21 collective bargaining agreement of the parties. If the 22 governing body affirmatively rejects one or more terms of the 23 arbitration panel's decision, it must provide reasons for 24 such rejection with respect to each term so rejected, within 25 20 days of such rejection and the parties shall return to the 26 arbitration panel for further proceedings and issuance of a 27 supplemental decision with respect to the rejected terms. 28 Any supplemental decision by an arbitration panel or other 29 decision maker agreed to by the parties shall be submitted to 30 the governing body for ratification and adoption in 31 accordance with the procedures and voting requirements set 32 forth in this Section. The voting requirements of this 33 subsection shall apply to all disputes submitted to 34 arbitration pursuant to this Section notwithstanding any HB0896 Engrossed -10- LRB9003997EGfg 1 contrary voting requirements contained in any existing 2 collective bargaining agreement between the parties. 3 (o) If the governing body of the employer votes to 4 reject the panel's decision, the parties shall return to the 5 panel within 30 days from the issuance of the reasons for 6 rejection for further proceedings and issuance of a 7 supplemental decision. All reasonable costs of such 8 supplemental proceeding including the exclusive 9 representative's reasonable attorney's fees, as established 10 by the Board, shall be paid by the employer. 11 (p) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section the 12 employer and exclusive representative may agree to submit 13 unresolved disputes concerning wages, hours, terms and 14 conditions of employment to an alternative form of impasse 15 resolution. 16 (Source: P.A. 89-195, eff. 7-21-95.) 17 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 18 becoming law.
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