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90_HB3394eng 5 ILCS 315/9 from Ch. 48, par. 1609 5 ILCS 315/20 from Ch. 48, par. 1620 Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Provides that for a unit of local government employing 10 through 34 employees a petition or request for recognition may be filed demonstrating that 75% or more of the employees wish to be exclusively represented in collective bargaining by a labor organization. Provides that the Illinois State Labor Relations Board shall investigate and process the petition or request for recognition according to Board rules. Includes these petitions or requests within the application of the Act. Effective July 1, 1998. LRB9008377PTbdA HB3394 Engrossed LRB9008377PTbdA 1 AN ACT to amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act 2 by changing Sections 9 and 20. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act is 6 amended by changing Sections 9 and 20 as follows: 7 (5 ILCS 315/9) (from Ch. 48, par. 1609) 8 Sec. 9. Elections; recognition. 9 (a) Whenever in accordance with such regulations as may 10 be prescribed by the Board a petition has been filed: 11 (1) by a public employee or group of public 12 employees or any labor organization acting in their 13 behalf demonstrating that 30% of the public employees in 14 an appropriate unit (A) wish to be represented for the 15 purposes of collective bargaining by a labor 16 organization as exclusive representative, or (B) 17 asserting that the labor organization which has been 18 certified or is currently recognized by the public 19 employer as bargaining representative is no longer the 20 representative of the majority of public employees in the 21 unit; or 22 (2) by a public employer alleging that one or more 23 labor organizations have presented to it a claim that 24 they be recognized as the representative of a majority of 25 the public employees in an appropriate unit, the Board 26 shall investigate such petition, and if it has reasonable 27 cause to believe that a question of representation 28 exists, shall provide for an appropriate hearing upon due 29 notice. Such hearing shall be held at the offices of the 30 Board or such other location as the Board deems 31 appropriate. If it finds upon the record of the hearing Hb3394 Engrossed -2- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 that a question of representation exists, it shall direct 2 an election in accordance with subsection (d) of this 3 Section, which election shall be held not later than 120 4 days after the date the petition was filed regardless of 5 whether that petition was filed before or after the 6 effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987; provided, 7 however, the Board may extend the time for holding an 8 election by an additional 60 days if, upon motion by a 9 person who has filed a petition under this Section or is 10 the subject of a petition filed under this Section and is 11 a party to such hearing, or upon the Board's own motion, 12 the Board finds that good cause has been shown for 13 extending the election date; provided further, that 14 nothing in this Section shall prohibit the Board, in its 15 discretion, from extending the time for holding an 16 election for so long as may be necessary under the 17 circumstances, where the purpose for such extension is to 18 permit resolution by the Board of an unfair labor 19 practice charge filed by one of the parties to a 20 representational proceeding against the other based upon 21 conduct which may either affect the existence of a 22 question concerning representation or have a tendency to 23 interfere with a fair and free election, where the party 24 filing the charge has not filed a request to proceed with 25 the election; and provided further that prior to the 26 expiration of the total time allotted for holding an 27 election, a person who has filed a petition under this 28 Section or is the subject of a petition filed under this 29 Section and is a party to such hearing or the Board, may 30 move for and obtain the entry of an order in the circuit 31 court of the county in which the majority of the public 32 employees sought to be represented by such person reside, 33 such order extending the date upon which the election 34 shall be held. Such order shall be issued by the circuit Hb3394 Engrossed -3- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 court only upon a judicial finding that there has been a 2 sufficient showing that there is good cause to extend the 3 election date beyond such period and shall require the 4 Board to hold the election as soon as is feasible given 5 the totality of the circumstances. Such 120 day period 6 may be extended one or more times by the agreement of all 7 parties to the hearing to a date certain without the 8 necessity of obtaining a court order. Nothing in this 9 Section prohibits the waiving of hearings by stipulation 10 for the purpose of a consent election in conformity with 11 the rules and regulations of the Board or an election in 12 a unit agreed upon by the parties. Other interested 13 employee organizations may intervene in the proceedings 14 in the manner and within the time period specified by 15 rules and regulations of the Board. Interested parties 16 who are necessary to the proceedings may also intervene 17 in the proceedings in the manner and within the time 18 period specified by the rules and regulations of the 19 Board. 20 (a-5) Whenever a petition or a request for recognition 21 has been filed pursuant to this Section demonstrating that 22 75% or more of the employees of a unit of local government 23 employing 10 or more, but less than 35, employees wish to be 24 represented for the purposes of collective bargaining by a 25 labor organization as exclusive representative, the Board 26 shall investigate the petition or request for recognition, 27 and if it has reason to believe that the petition or request 28 for recognition has been endorsed by 75% of the employees of 29 the unit of local government, shall process the petition or 30 request for recognition pursuant to board regulations. 31 (b) The Board shall decide in each case, in order to 32 assure public employees the fullest freedom in exercising the 33 rights guaranteed by this Act, a unit appropriate for the 34 purpose of collective bargaining, based upon but not limited Hb3394 Engrossed -4- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 to such factors as: historical pattern of recognition; 2 community of interest including employee skills and 3 functions; degree of functional integration; 4 interchangeability and contact among employees; fragmentation 5 of employee groups; common supervision, wages, hours and 6 other working conditions of the employees involved; and the 7 desires of the employees. For purposes of this subsection, 8 fragmentation shall not be the sole or predominant factor 9 used by the Board in determining an appropriate bargaining 10 unit. Except with respect to non-State fire fighters and 11 paramedics employed by fire departments and fire protection 12 districts, non-State peace officers and peace officers in the 13 State Department of State Police, a single bargaining unit 14 determined by the Board may not include both supervisors and 15 nonsupervisors, except for bargaining units in existence on 16 the effective date of this Act. With respect to non-State 17 fire fighters and paramedics employed by fire departments and 18 fire protection districts, non-State peace officers and peace 19 officers in the State Department of State Police, a single 20 bargaining unit determined by the Board may not include both 21 supervisors and nonsupervisors, except for bargaining units 22 in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 23 1985. 24 In cases involving an historical pattern of recognition, 25 and in cases where the employer has recognized the union as 26 the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for a specified 27 existing unit, the Board shall find the employees in the unit 28 then represented by the union pursuant to the recognition to 29 be the appropriate unit. 30 Notwithstanding the above factors, where the majority of 31 public employees of a craft so decide, the Board shall 32 designate such craft as a unit appropriate for the purposes 33 of collective bargaining. 34 The Board shall not decide that any unit is appropriate Hb3394 Engrossed -5- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 if such unit includes both professional and nonprofessional 2 employees, unless a majority of each group votes for 3 inclusion in such unit. 4 (c) Nothing in this Act shall interfere with or negate 5 the current representation rights or patterns and practices 6 of labor organizations which have historically represented 7 public employees for the purpose of collective bargaining, 8 including but not limited to the negotiations of wages, hours 9 and working conditions, discussions of employees' grievances, 10 resolution of jurisdictional disputes, or the establishment 11 and maintenance of prevailing wage rates, unless a majority 12 of employees so represented express a contrary desire 13 pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Act. 14 (d) In instances where the employer does not voluntarily 15 recognize a labor organization as the exclusive bargaining 16 representative for a unit of employees, the Board shall 17 determine the majority representative of the public employees 18 in an appropriate collective bargaining unit by conducting a 19 secret ballot election. Within 7 days after the Board issues 20 its bargaining unit determination and direction of election 21 or the execution of a stipulation for the purpose of a 22 consent election, the public employer shall submit to the 23 labor organization the complete names and addresses of those 24 employees who are determined by the Board to be eligible to 25 participate in the election. When the Board has determined 26 that a labor organization has been fairly and freely chosen 27 by a majority of employees in an appropriate unit, it shall 28 certify such organization as the exclusive representative. 29 If the Board determines that a majority of employees in an 30 appropriate unit has fairly and freely chosen not to be 31 represented by a labor organization, it shall so certify. The 32 Board may also revoke the certification of the public 33 employee organizations as exclusive bargaining 34 representatives which have been found by a secret ballot Hb3394 Engrossed -6- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 election to be no longer the majority representative. 2 (e) The Board shall not conduct an election in any 3 bargaining unit or any subdivision thereof within which a 4 valid election has been held in the preceding 12-month 5 period. The Board shall determine who is eligible to vote in 6 an election and shall establish rules governing the conduct 7 of the election or conduct affecting the results of the 8 election. The Board shall include on a ballot in a 9 representation election a choice of "no representation". A 10 labor organization currently representing the bargaining unit 11 of employees shall be placed on the ballot in any 12 representation election. In any election where none of the 13 choices on the ballot receives a majority, a runoff election 14 shall be conducted between the 2 choices receiving the 15 largest number of valid votes cast in the election. A labor 16 organization which receives a majority of the votes cast in 17 an election shall be certified by the Board as exclusive 18 representative of all public employees in the unit. 19 (f) Nothing in this or any other Act prohibits 20 recognition of a labor organization as the exclusive 21 representative by a public employer by mutual consent of the 22 employer and the labor organization, provided that the labor 23 organization represents a majority of the public employees in 24 an appropriate unit. Any employee organization which is 25 designated or selected by the majority of public employees, 26 in a unit of the public employer having no other recognized 27 or certified representative, as their representative for 28 purposes of collective bargaining may request recognition by 29 the public employer in writing. The public employer shall 30 post such request for a period of at least 20 days following 31 its receipt thereof on bulletin boards or other places used 32 or reserved for employee notices. 33 (g) Within the 20-day period any other interested 34 employee organization may petition the Board in the manner Hb3394 Engrossed -7- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 specified by rules and regulations of the Board, provided 2 that such interested employee organization has been 3 designated by at least 10% of the employees in an appropriate 4 bargaining unit which includes all or some of the employees 5 in the unit recognized by the employer. In such event, the 6 Board shall proceed with the petition in the same manner as 7 provided by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section. 8 (h) No election shall be directed by the Board in any 9 bargaining unit where there is in force a valid collective 10 bargaining agreement. The Board, however, may process an 11 election petition filed between 90 and 60 days prior to the 12 expiration of the date of an agreement, and may further 13 refine, by rule or decision, the implementation of this 14 provision. No collective bargaining agreement bars an 15 election upon the petition of persons not parties thereto 16 where more than 3 years have elapsed since the effective date 17 of the agreement. 18 (i) An order of the Board dismissing a representation 19 petition, determining and certifying that a labor 20 organization has been fairly and freely chosen by a majority 21 of employees in an appropriate bargaining unit, determining 22 and certifying that a labor organization has not been fairly 23 and freely chosen by a majority of employees in the 24 bargaining unit or certifying a labor organization as the 25 exclusive representative of employees in an appropriate 26 bargaining unit because of a determination by the Board that 27 the labor organization is the historical bargaining 28 representative of employees in the bargaining unit, is a 29 final order. Any person aggrieved by any such order issued 30 on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987 31 may apply for and obtain judicial review in accordance with 32 provisions of the Administrative Review Law, as now or 33 hereafter amended, except that such review shall be afforded 34 directly in the Appellate Court for the district in which the Hb3394 Engrossed -8- LRB9008377PTbdA 1 aggrieved party resides or transacts business. Any direct 2 appeal to the Appellate Court shall be filed within 35 days 3 from the date that a copy of the decision sought to be 4 reviewed was served upon the party affected by the decision. 5 (Source: P.A. 87-736; 88-1.) 6 (5 ILCS 315/20) (from Ch. 48, par. 1620) 7 Sec. 20. Prohibitions. 8 (a) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require an 9 individual employee to render labor or service without his 10 consent, nor shall anything in this Act be construed to make 11 the quitting of his labor by an individual employee an 12 illegal act; nor shall any court issue any process to compel 13 the performance by an individual employee of such labor or 14 service, without his consent; nor shall the quitting of labor 15 by an employee or employees in good faith because of 16 abnormally dangerous conditions for work at the place of 17 employment of such employee be deemed a strike under this 18 Act. 19 (b) This Act shall not be applicable to units of local 20 government employing less than 35 employees, except (i) with 21 respect to bargaining units in existence on the effective 22 date of this Act and fire protection districts required by 23 the Fire Protection District Act to appoint a Board of Fire 24 Commissioners and (ii) as provided by subsection (a-5) of 25 Section 9. 26 (Source: P.A. 87-736.) 27 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 28 1, 1998.
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