Employer held to have committed an unfair labor practice when it unilaterally discontinued certain pension benefits.
City of Erie [Pennsylvania] v Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Docket # 24 WAP 2010
The International Association of Firefighters, Local 293, AFL-CIO, the exclusive bargaining representative of a unit of firefighters and other personnel employed by the City of Erie, negotiated several previous collective bargaining agreements.
In this action the Local alleged that the City had violated the terms of a contract for the period from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007 when it unilaterally eliminated lawful firefighter pension benefits without first collectively bargaining with the firefighters' representative.
Pennsylvania’s Collective Bargaining by Policemen and Firemen Act requires negotiation over the modification or elimination of pension benefits.
Supreme Court found no applicable exception to this statutory mandate, reversing the order of the Commonwealth Court rejecting the Local’s claims.
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