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(5 ILCS 315/2)
(from Ch. 48, par. 1602)
It is the public policy of the State of Illinois
to grant public employees full
freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives
of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours and other
conditions of employment or other mutual aid or protection.
It is the purpose of this Act to regulate labor relations between public
employers and employees, including the designation of employee representatives,
negotiation of wages, hours and other conditions of employment, and resolution
of disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements.
It is the purpose of this Act to prescribe the legitimate rights of both
public employees and public employers, to protect the public health and safety
of the citizens of Illinois, and to provide peaceful and orderly procedures
for protection of the rights of all. To prevent labor strife and to protect
the public health and safety of the citizens of Illinois,
all collective bargaining disputes involving persons designated by the Board
as performing essential services and those persons defined herein as security employees
shall be submitted to impartial arbitrators, who shall be authorized to
issue awards in order to resolve such disputes. It is the public policy
of the State of Illinois that where the right of employees to strike is
prohibited by law, it is necessary to afford an alternate, expeditious,
equitable and effective procedure for the resolution of labor disputes subject
to approval procedures mandated by this Act. To that end, the provisions
for such awards shall be liberally
(Source: P.A. 83-1012.)