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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Minimum Manning Bill Passes Illinois House

Update 6/2/14:  This bill has passed both houses, and now heads to the Governor.

Under current law, decisions on how to manage and staff local fire departments are made by local government officials who appropriate the money necessary to fund the fire departments. The issue of minimum manning has generally been a permissive, not mandatory, subject of collective bargaining. However, House Bill 5485 would change that by amending the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that minimum manning requirements become a mandatory subject of bargaining that could ultimately be decided by an arbitrator.  This afternoon, the Illinois House took the first step by passing HB 5485 by a vote of 63-44. 

The IML has taken a strong position against this bill, and has written a position paper on how this bill would adversely affect local governments.  There is still time for municipalities to express their opinions on this legislation, as no vote has yet been taken in the Senate.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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