Richardville supports legislation to amend binding arbitration law

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LANSING--Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, today joined with members from both caucuses in support of legislation to amend Michigan’s binding arbitration law for police officers, firefighters, EMS workers and dispatchers.

“I have been working on changes to Public Act 312 for the better part of five years,” said Richardville.  “Passage of this bill represents hard work on the part of the legislature and many stakeholders to come to an agreement that satisfies those on both sides of the issue.  This legislation will help to facilitate more timely settlements and most importantly, it protects the binding arbitration process for the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to ensure our public safety: our police and firefighters.”

Michigan’s binding arbitration law, commonly referred to as PA 312, has been the subject of debate for more than 25 years.  In 2007, a legislative workgroup was established to discuss ways to improve the PA 312 binding arbitration process.  Richardville previously sponsored legislation to amend PA 312 in 2010 in the form of Senate Bill 1072.  While the bill passed both chambers of the legislature, it ultimately stalled.

“House Bill 4522 passed with bipartisan support in both the Senate and House.  I commend Speaker Bolger and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their hard work and support of this bill,” said Richardville.

House Bill 4522 is supported by public employee organizations and public employer organizations including the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Association of Counties. 


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