The International Association of Fire Fighters

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 22, has been pursuing payment of its $200M arbitration award for a number of years. The initial award was reviewed and vacated by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and then remanded back to the arbitration panel. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the panel’s final decision in light of the dire budget issues facing Philadelphia. Should the city’s budget woes be taken into consideration by the panel, and, if so, how much weight would you give to the situation? Describe the dispute resolution provision in your collective bargaining agreement or, if you do not have one, describe the provision for one of your local firefighters’ unions. Discuss whether you believe such a provision is fair and equitable for both parties.

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