(5 ILCS 315/12)
(from Ch. 48, par. 1612)
(a) The State and Local Panels in joint session
shall establish a Public Employees Mediation Roster, the services of which
shall be available to public employers and to labor organizations upon request
of the parties for the purposes of mediation of grievances or contract
disputes. Upon the request of either party, services of the Public Employees
Mediation Roster shall be available for purposes of arbitrating disputes over
interpretation or application of the terms of an agreement pursuant to Section
8. The members of the Roster shall be appointed by majority vote of the
members of both panels. Members shall be impartial, competent,
and reputable citizens of the United States, residents of the State of
Illinois, and shall qualify by taking and subscribing to the constitutional
oath or affirmation of office. The function of the mediator
shall be to communicate with the employer and exclusive representative or
their representatives and to endeavor to bring about an amicable and voluntary
settlement. Compensation of Roster members for services performed as mediators
shall be paid equally by the parties to a mediated labor dispute. The Board
shall have authority but not the obligation to promulgate regulations setting compensation levels for
members of the Roster, and establishing procedures for suspension or dismissal
of mediators for good cause shown following hearing.
(b) A mediator in a mediated labor dispute shall be selected by the Board
from among the members of the Roster.
(c) Nothing in this Act or any other law prohibits the use of other
mediators selected by the parties for the resolution of disputes over
interpretation or application of the terms or conditions of the collective
bargaining agreements between a public employer and a labor organization.
(d) If requested by the parties to a labor dispute, a mediator may perform
fact-finding as set forth in Section 13.
(Source: P.A. 98-535, eff. 1-1-14.)