City of Jackson v Jackson Fire Fighters Assocation
227 Mich App 520 (1998)
Issue: Minimum staffing – mandatory subject of bargaining
The Court of Appeals followed well-settled law and found that MERC has authority to implement PERA and has exclusive jurisdiction over unfair labor practice charges. The court vacated the decision of the arbitration panel. The court also found that the provision in question governed the number of fire fighters on duty per shift, not the number actually assembled at a fire scene and therefore was not a mandatory subject of bargaining.
|Why did the LDF get involved?
Departure from well-settled law for bargaining units subject to Act 312 arbitration would create uncertainty and confusion for hundreds of municipal contracts for fire and police protection throughout the state.
What action did the LDF take?
What was the outcome?