Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on May 13, 2008, to mandate binding arbitration in labor negotiations between county corrections officers (jail guards) and their employers.
Referred to the House Labor Committee on May 13, 2008.
Reported in the House on June 10, 2008, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on June 26, 2008, to revise the binding arbitration procedures to allow posthearing briefs in addition to oral arguments in support of an arbitration order. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 26, 2008.
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on June 26, 2008, to eliminate a redundant qualification to the term "any county corrections facility". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 26, 2008.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Agema (R) on June 26, 2008, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4213, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4213 would revise the law that provides for binding arbitration in labor disputes between municipalities and police or firefighter unions so as to allow the arbitrator to impose a settlement that falls somewhere between the last offer of the employer or the last demand of the union. Under current law the arbitrator must choose between those two options, and may not craft a compromise. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 26, 2008.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Agema (R) on June 26, 2008, to require a corrections contract binding arbitration panel to consider the ability of the public employer to afford the contract over the next five years or longer; require consideration of the public employer's unfunded liabilities (such as post-retirement employee health care benefits); prohibit consideration of the employer's ability to levy higher property taxes or requiring the employer to redirect tax revenue used for other government purposes to cover the increased wages ordered by the arbitration panel; and to not order compensation that exceeds a caps based on inflation rates or the proportion of the public employer's budget that goes to this purpose. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 26, 2008.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Reform Committee on June 27, 2008.
Yes, Freds Miller yes by Anonymous Citizen on October 10, 2008 Yes, Freds Miller a goods man. Union bosses tells him what goods to delivered and he deliver them.
"no vote explanation" by Admin003 on June 27, 2008 Rep. Agema, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:
“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:
While I support binding arbitration, it needed the two amendments that I proposed to make this acceptable for local municipalities. Unions should have the right to binding arbitration within limits of the ability of the local government to pay. The arbitrator should also truly arbitrate and be allowed to pick between the last two best offers of the parties; thereby, drawing the two parties close together before binding arbitration is demanded.”
Thank You by coachstrong on June 21, 2008 I would like to thanks Fred Miller for introluced this bill