Pa. County Personnel Moves Can Skirt Unions, Court Says

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT) -- In a precedential decision on Thursday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that county row officers across the state have the authority to hire, fire and direct their workforce without collectively bargaining with their employees' union.

In a unanimous en banc ruling, the court ruled that county commissioners lacked authority to bind row officers — including sheriffs, coroners and district attorneys — to provisions in a 2000 collective bargaining agreement that dictated the terms of their firing and hiring procedures, saying the row officers had asserted their...
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