Last month, the Illinois Senate approved HB 5485, the firefighter minimum manning bill. The bill had been previously passed by the Illinois, and now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
Under the bill, every municipality with a fire department staffed by unionized firefighters would be mandated to bargain over fire department staffing levels if the union wants to include staffing as a subject of bargaining. If the union and municipality cannot reach agreement on staffing levels, that issue would go before an arbitrator who would be empowered to render a decision regarding appropriate staffing levels.
The bill had significant opposition from municipalities and municipal organizations, including the IML. You can read more about the opponents' efforts here.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink