By Ira W. Mintz, Esq.
Township of Edison and International Association of Firefighters, Local 1197
In P.E.R.C. No. 2013-89, the Commission lifted a restraint of binding arbitration issued by a Commission Designee. Local 1197 sought to arbitrate a grievance seeking a pay differential for firefighters performing EMS functions. The Designee blocked arbitration finding that paying a differential would interfere with the Township’s prerogative to regularly assign EMS duties to EMTs rather than firefighters. See I.R. No. 2012-14. The Commission disagreed finding that whether firefighters performing EMS duties are entitled to additional compensation is a question for an arbitrator.