No. Interest arbitration will not have a significant fiscal impact on the State budget:
- Interest arbitration provides an incentive for the parties to reach an agreement; it prevents costly litigation and appeals’ processes and reduces the number of unfair labor practice charges the State must investigate.
- Since 2007, there have been only 6 interest arbitration decisions regarding county corrections despite the fact that 19 counties are interest arbitration eligible.
- Local 117 has not gone to interest arbitration with its eligible groups for over a decade.
- HB1490 contains a “fiscal feasibility” clause, which would protect the State in the event of an unreasonably costly award.
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