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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 2, 2022 04:33 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Act 111 Police and Fire Arbitration Reform Package
 
Police officers and firefighters provide valuable services to our communities. With that said, in recent years, the public has been calling for increasing transparency and reforms in the collective bargaining process for police officers. Act 111 provides these special classes of public servants with certain rights and arbitration when negotiating collective bargaining agreements. However, we need to examine this law and ensure that it meets the modern standards set by the people these public servants protect.
 
I am proposing a six-bill package to accomplish these goals:
 
  • An expansion of the pool of arbitrators from which the third and neutral arbitrator is chosen.
  • Allowing a municipality to conduct a public hearing prior to collective bargaining negotiations to obtain public insight and priorities. 
  • Require findings of the arbitrators to be based in fact and conclusions of law, provide analysis based on evidence provided to the arbitrators, and allow appeals when findings are contrary to public policy.
  • Public access to records and hearings, except for bargaining sessions prior to the hearing, executive sessions, and other meetings conducted between the arbitrators before, during, or after the hearing.
  • Allowing police officer discipline policies and procedures to be subject to collective bargaining or arbitration. 
  • Sharing the costs of the arbitration process. 
 
These important measures will benefit our Commonwealth and will ensure that the public has a window on collective bargaining procedures and the chance for input.  I hope you join me in sponsoring these good governance measures. 
 



Document #1

Introduced as HB2545

Description: An expansion of the pool of arbitrators from which the third and neutral arbitrator is chosen.
  View Attachment
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB2546

Description: Allowing a municipality to conduct a public hearing prior to collective bargaining negotiations to obtain public insight and priorities. 
  View Attachment
 

Document #3

Introduced as HB2548

Description: Require findings of the arbitrators to be based in fact and conclusions of law, provide analysis based on evidence provided to the arbitrators, and allow appeals when findings are contrary to public policy.
  View Attachment
 

Document #4

Introduced as HB2551

Description: Public access to records and hearings, except for bargaining sessions prior to the hearing, executive sessions, and other meetings conducted between the arbitrators before, during, or after the hearing.
  View Attachment
 

Document #5

Introduced as HB2547

Description: Allowing police officer discipline policies and procedures to be subject to collective bargaining or arbitration. 
  View Attachment
 

Document #6

Introduced as HB2549

Description: Sharing the costs of the arbitration process. 
  View Attachment