Commission Lifts Commission Designee’s Restraint of Arbitration Over Compensation Claim

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.

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