(5 ILCS 315/22)
(from Ch. 48, par. 1622)
Bi-state development agency.
(A) In further effectuation of that
certain compact between the States of Missouri and Illinois
heretofore made and entered into on September 20, 1949, the bistate
development agency, created by and under the aforesaid compact, is
authorized and directed to exercise the following duties, functions and
powers in relation to its public transportation operation, in addition to
those heretofore expressly authorized, which are necessary and appropriate
to effectuate the compact:
(1) To deal with and enter into written contracts
with the employees of the bistate agency or any other operator of its public transportation system through accredited representatives or such employees or representatives of any labor organization authorized to act for such employees, concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, pension or retirement provisions, and insurance benefits. The obligation of the bistate agency to deal with such employee representatives shall not be limited or restricted by any other provisions of law, but shall extend to all subjects which are or may be proper subjects of collective bargaining with a private employer under Section 8(d) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 158(d);
(2) To provide for the retirement and pension,
health, medical, dental, and other welfare benefits of its officers and employees and the widows and children of the deceased officers and employees, and their dependents, and to provide for paying benefits upon disability or death of its officers and employees and to make payments from its funds to provide for such retirement, pension, health, medical, dental and other welfare benefits and death or disability benefits;
(3) To settle labor disputes by arbitration.
Whenever any labor dispute arises in the operation of any public transportation service operated by or for the bistate agency, and collective bargaining does not result in an agreement, the bistate agency shall submit such dispute to arbitration by a board composed of three persons; one appointed by the bistate agency, one appointed by the representative of the employees, and a third member, who shall serve as chairman, to be selected from a current listing of the membership of the National Academy of Arbitrators by agreement of the parties or, in the absence of such agreement, by obtaining a listing of 7 such members of the National Academy from the American Arbitration Association or from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and by alternately striking one name from the list so supplied until only one name remains. The representative of the employees and of the bistate agency shall determine by lot who shall first strike from the list. The arbitration panel shall base its findings, opinions and order upon the following factors, as applicable:
1. The lawful authority of the employer.
2. Stipulations of the parties.
3. The interests and welfare of the public and
the financial ability of the unit of government to meet those costs.
4. Comparison of the wages, hours and conditions
of employment of other employees performing similar services and with other employees generally:
a. In public employment in comparable
b. In private employment in comparable
5. The average consumer prices for goods and
services, commonly known as the cost of living.
6. The overall compensation presently received by
the employees, including direct wage compensation, vacation, holidays and other excused time, insurance and pensions, medical and hospitalization benefits, the continuity and stability of employment and all other benefits received.
7. Changes in any of the foregoing circumstances
during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings.
8. Such other factors, not confined to the
foregoing, which are normally or traditionally taken into consideration in the determination of wages, hours and conditions of employment through voluntary collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration or otherwise between the parties, in the public service or in private employment. The expenses of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties, and each party shall bear its own costs. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties or determined by the arbitration board, all contract conditions shall remain undisturbed during the arbitration proceedings until issuance of the final award. All of the terms decided upon by the arbitration panel shall be included in an agreement to be submitted to an arbitration review committee comprised of the Secretary of Transportation for the State of Illinois, one representative jointly selected by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis County Executive, and the Chairman of the Bi-state Development Agency for ratification and adoption by law, ordinance or the equivalent appropriate means.
The committee shall review each term decided by
the arbitration panel. If the committee fails to accept or reject one or more terms of the arbitration panel's decision, within 20 days of issuance, such term or terms shall become a part of the collective bargaining agreement of the parties. If the committee affirmatively rejects one or more terms of the arbitration panel's decision, it must provide reasons for such rejection with respect to each term so rejected, and the parties shall return to the arbitration panel for further proceedings and issuance of a supplemental decision with respect to the rejected terms. Any supplemental decision by an arbitration panel or other decision maker agreed to by the parties shall be submitted to the committee for ratification and adoption in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Section. The term "labor dispute" shall be broadly construed and shall include any controversy concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions or benefits, including health and welfare, sick leave, insurance and pension or retirement provisions, the making or maintaining of collective bargaining agreements, and the terms to be included in such agreement. The adjustment of grievances, questions concerning representation, and any other difference or question that may arise between the parties are subject to the arbitration award which shall be final and binding and not subject to the arbitration review process. In determining any question of representation, including, without limitation, whether a labor organization represents a majority of employees, or whether a proposed unit is an appropriate unit for collective bargaining, or whether an election shall be held to determine the question of representation, and otherwise in establishing rules and regulations governing representation petitions and the conduct of hearings and elections, the arbitration board shall be guided by relevant federal law and administrative practice developed under Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C. Section 159;
(4) To give effect to and comply with 49 U.S.C.
Section 1609(c) and any employee protective arrangements entered into pursuant thereto, in the event the bistate agency receives federal assistance under the Urban Mass Transportation Act, as amended, in aid of any public transportation system owned or controlled by it. The bistate agency shall enter into such protective arrangements with the representatives of employees affected by such assistance as may be necessary to protect the rights and interests of such employees, including, without limitation:
(a) The preservation of rights, privileges and
benefits (including continuation of pension rights and benefits under existing collective bargaining agreements or otherwise);
(b) The continuation of collective bargaining
(c) The protection of individual employees
against a worsening of their positions with respect to their employment;
(d) Assurances of employment to such employees
and priority of reemployment of such employees terminated or laid off; and
(e) Paid training and retraining programs;
(5) To extend to the employees of any public
transportation system owned or controlled by the bistate agency, in accordance with seniority, prior to commencing to operate any new or supplemental transportation service, or entering into any contractual or other arrangement for the operation of such service, the first opportunity for reasonably comparable employment in any new jobs, in respect to such new or supplemental operations, for which they can qualify after a reasonable training period. The wages, hours and working conditions for employees assigned to such new or supplemental operations shall be a proper subject of negotiation and arbitration under the compact between the bistate agency and the representatives of the employees affected by such new or supplemental services;
(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, to
make deductions from wages and salaries of its employee upon receipt of authorization therefor for the payment of union dues, fees or assessments; for the payment of contributions pursuant to any health and welfare plan or pension plan; or for any other purpose for which deductions may be authorized by employees of any private employer, where such deductions are pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement entered into or assumed by the bistate agency.
(B) Any employee who participates in a strike, work stoppage or slowdown
in violation of this Act shall be subject to discipline by the employer.
No employer may pay or cause such employee to be paid any wages or other
compensation for such periods of participation except for wages or
compensation earned before participation in such strike.
(Source: P.A. 84-1438