CHAPTER 113
MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES

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Sec. 7-425. Definitions.
Sec. 7-433b. Survivors' benefits for firemen and policemen. Maximum cumulative payment.
Sec. 7-436. Retirement benefits for members of fund B. Monthly allowance for Old Age and Survivors Insurance System members.
Sec. 7-450c. Diminishment or reduction of rights or benefits under pension and retirement systems.
Sec. 7-471. Powers of State Board of Labor Relations.

PART II
RETIREMENT

      Sec. 7-425. Definitions. The following words and phrases as used in this part, except as otherwise provided, shall have the following meanings:

      (1) "Municipality" means any town, city, borough, school district, regional school district, taxing district, fire district, district department of health, probate district, housing authority, regional work force development board established under section 31-3k, regional emergency telecommunications center, tourism district established under section 10-397, flood commission or authority established by special act or regional planning agency;

      (2) "Participating municipality" means any municipality which has accepted this part, as provided in section 7-427;

      (3) "Legislative body" means, for towns having a town council, the council; for other towns, the selectmen; for cities, the common council or other similar body of officials; for boroughs, the warden and burgesses; for regional school districts, the regional board of education; for district departments of health, the board of the district; for probate districts, the judge of probate; for regional planning agencies, the regional planning board; for regional emergency telecommunications center, a representative board; for tourism districts, the board of directors of such tourism district; and in all other cases the body authorized by the general statutes or by special act to make ordinances for the municipality;

      (4) "Retirement Commission" means the State Retirement Commission created by chapter 66;

      (5) "Member" means any regular employee or elective officer receiving pay from a participating municipality, and any regular employee of a free public library that receives part or all of its income from municipal appropriation, who has been included by such municipality in the pension plan as provided in section 7-427, but shall not include any person who customarily works less than twenty hours a week if such person entered employment after September 30, 1969, any police officer or firefighter who will attain the compulsory retirement age after less than five years of continuous service in fund B, any teacher who is eligible for membership in the state teachers retirement system, any person eligible for membership in any pension system established by or under the authority of any special act or of a charter adopted under the provisions of chapter 99, or any person holding a position funded in whole or in part by the federal government as part of any public service employment program, on-the-job training program or work experience program, provided persons holding such federally funded positions on July 1, 1978, shall not be excluded from membership but may elect to receive a refund of their accumulated contributions without interest;

      (6) "Pay" means the salary, wages or earnings of an employee, including any payments received pursuant to chapter 568 and the money value as determined by the Retirement Commission of any board, lodging, fuel or laundry provided for such employee by the municipality but not including any fees or allowances for expenses;

      (7) "Fund" and "fund B" means the Connecticut Municipal Employees' Retirement Fund B;

      (8) "Continuous service" and "service" means active service as a member, or active service prior to becoming a member if such service (A) was in a department for which participation was subsequently accepted and not subsequently withdrawn, (B) was continuous to the date of becoming a member except service for which credit is granted pursuant to section 7-436a, and (C) would have been as a member if the department had then been participating, all subject to the provisions of section 7-434;

      (9) "System" means the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System under Title II of the Social Security Act, as amended;

      (10) "Social Security Act" means the Act of Congress, approved August 14, 1935, Chapter 531, 49 Stat. 620, officially cited as the Social Security Act, including regulations and requirements issued pursuant thereto, as such act has been and may from time to time be amended;

      (11) "Regional emergency telecommunications center" means an entity authorized by the Department of Public Safety as the public safety answering point responsible for the receipt and processing of 9-1-1 calls for at least three municipalities.

      (1949 Rev., S. 885; 1951, S. 403d; 1957, P.A. 13, S. 45; 447, S. 1; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 17; 360; 612, S. 1; 1963, P.A. 344, S. 1; February, 1965, P.A. 549, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 402, S. 1; 408; P.A. 73-302; P.A. 75-293, S. 1; P.A. 78-118, S. 1, 2; P.A. 80-100, S. 2; P.A. 86-243, S. 2, 10; P.A. 89-46, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-356, S. 1; P.A. 97-152, S. 1; P.A. 00-162; P.A. 01-80, S. 5; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 236; P.A. 06-79, S. 4, 5; P.A. 07-217, S. 26.)

      History: 1959 acts deleted references relating to counties, redefined "continuous service", and included probate districts in definitions of "municipality" and "legislative body"; 1963 act included district departments of health in definitions of "municipality" and "legislative body"; 1965 act included regional planning agencies in definitions of "municipality" and "legislative body"; 1969 acts divided section into subdivisions, excluded persons working less than 20 hours a week employed after September 30, 1969, from consideration as "members" and redefined "service"; P.A. 73-302 distinguished between members of fund A and fund B in definition of "member"; P.A. 75-293 specified "active" service in definition of "continuous service"; P.A. 78-118 redefined "member" to include employees in public service, on-the-job training or work experience programs funded partly or wholly by federal government; P.A. 80-100 added exception to Subpara. (b) in definition of "continuous service"; P.A. 86-243 amended Subdiv. (6) to include workers' compensation payments within the definition of "pay"; P.A. 89-46 redefined "member" to mean only police officers or firefighters who will attain the compulsory retirement age after less than 15 years of service in fund A or after less than 10 years in fund B; P.A. 93-356 redefined "member" to exclude police officers and firefighters who reach compulsory retirement age after less than 15 years of participation in fund A, deleted the definition of "fund A", redefined "fund" to refer exclusively to fund B, and renumbered remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 97-152 redefined "municipality" to include regional work force development boards; P.A. 00-162 added provisions re regional emergency telecommunications centers and tourism districts in Subdivs. (1) and (3) and added new Subdiv. (11) defining "regional emergency telecommunications center"; P.A. 01-80 amended Subdiv. (5) by replacing "ten years" with "five years" and making a technical change; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subdiv. (1) to change section reference for tourism district, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 06-79 redefined "municipality" to include regional school districts and redefined "legislative body" to include a regional board of education for a regional school district, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subdiv. (3), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 7-433b. Survivors' benefits for firemen and policemen. Maximum cumulative payment. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any general statute, charter or special act to the contrary affecting the noncontributory or contributory retirement systems of any municipality of the state, or any special act providing for a police benefit fund or other retirement system, the survivors of any uniformed or regular member of a paid fire department or any regular member of a paid police department whose death has been suffered in the line of duty shall be eligible to receive such survivor benefits as are provided for in the Workers' Compensation Act, and, in addition, they shall receive such survivor benefits as may be provided for in the retirement system in which such department member was a participant at the time of his death; provided such pension benefits (1) shall not terminate upon the remarriage of the spouse of such member, and (2) shall be adjusted so that the total weekly benefits received by such survivors shall not exceed one hundred per cent of the weekly compensation being paid, during their compensable period, to members of such department at the maximum rate for the same position which was held by such deceased at the time of his or her death. Nothing contained in this subsection shall prevent any town, city or borough from paying money from its general fund to any such survivors, provided total weekly benefits paid shall not exceed said one hundred per cent of the weekly compensation.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any general statute, charter or special act to the contrary affecting the noncontributory or contributory retirement systems of any municipality of the state, or any special act providing for a police or firemen benefit fund or other retirement system, the cumulative payments, not including payments for medical care, for compensation and retirement or survivors benefits under section 7-433c shall be adjusted so that the total of such cumulative payments received by such member or his dependents or survivors shall not exceed one hundred per cent of the weekly compensation being paid, during their compensable period, to members of such department in the same position which was held by such member at the time of his death or retirement. Nothing contained in this subsection shall prevent any town, city or borough from paying money from its general fund to any such member or his dependents or survivors, provided the total of such cumulative payments shall not exceed said one hundred per cent of the weekly compensation.

      (1959, P.A. 604; P.A. 77-520, S. 2, 3; P.A. 79-376, S. 12; P.A. 07-161, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 77-520 added Subsec. (b) for bidding payment of benefits which would exceed 100% of weekly compensation of workers in same position as member; P.A. 79-376 substituted "workers' compensation" for "workmen's compensation"; P.A. 07-161 amended Subsec. (a) by providing that pension benefits to survivors shall not terminate upon remarriage of spouse and requiring amount of benefits not to exceed maximum rate of compensation paid for position held by deceased at time of death, and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b).

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      Sec. 7-436. Retirement benefits for members of fund B. Monthly allowance for Old Age and Survivors Insurance System members. (a) After retirement, in accordance with the provisions of this part, each member of fund B shall receive, during such member's lifetime, a retirement allowance payable in monthly installments at an annual rate equal to the sum of (1) and (2) as follows: (1) To the extent that such member's average annual rate of pay for the last ten years of service, including service credited under the provisions of sections 7-442a and 7-442b, is derived from pay with respect to which contributions have been deducted under section 7-453 or would have been deducted had such member been included in such system during the entire ten years, one-twelfth of one and one-sixth per cent of such average annual pay, multiplied by the number of months of such member's service; (2) to the extent that such member's average annual rate of pay for the three highest-paid years of service exceeds the average obtained in subdivision (1) of this subsection, one-twelfth of two per cent of such average annual pay, multiplied by the number of months of such member's service; provided such allowance for permanent and total disability arising out of and in the course of such member's employment, as defined in the Workers' Compensation Act, shall not be less than one-twelfth of one-half of the member's annual pay at the time such member's disability was incurred. Any amount or amounts received under the Workers' Compensation Act shall be deducted from such allowance, except that any member who has received a specific indemnity award under section 31-307 or 31-308 shall not have the amount of such indemnity award deducted from such member's allowance. The retirement allowance herein provided shall be reduced by the amount of any retirement allowance concurrently payable under the provisions of section 7-431, and by the amount of any retirement allowance concurrently payable by the state employees' retirement system or the retirement system of any municipality not participating under the provisions of this part, on account of a period of service for which credit has been transferred to the Municipal Employees' Retirement Fund under the provisions of section 7-442b, or the monthly equivalent thereof if payable other than monthly. No retirement allowances under this section, before the reduction prescribed in the preceding sentence plus workers' compensation payments and benefits under the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System on account of service in a participating municipality, if any, shall exceed one-twelfth of the member's average annual pay during the three highest-paid years of municipal service, and, subject to the foregoing maximum limit, no such allowance plus payments shall be less than one thousand dollars annually.

      (b) Each employee or spouse of a deceased employee retired under the Municipal Employees' Retirement Act Fund B prior to July 1, 1971, shall be entitled, in addition to his or her original monthly retirement allowance, to an additional cost of living monthly allowance computed on the basis of his or her monthly retirement allowance, less any prior cost of living increases to which he or she was previously entitled, using the table in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

      (1) Such cost of living allowances shall commence on July 1, 1973, and shall be computed at the rates set forth in the following table:

Fiscal Year
Of Retirement Year
Ending June 30th
Rates %
Of Increase
194940.0
195042.7
195141.2
195233.9
195330.9
195430.4
195530.0
195630.4
195728.3
195824.8
195921.9
196021.1
196119.5
196218.1
196316.8
196415.1
196514.6
196614.1
196712.9
1968 6.0
1969 4.0
1970 4.0
1971 4.0

      (2) The limitation of the maximum retirement allowance provided in subsection (a) of this section shall not be applicable to increases under this subsection.

      (c) Each retired member of fund B shall have his allowance increased to the amount which would be payable based on his annual rate of pay for the three highest-paid years of service.

      (d) For purposes of determining eligibility for retirement benefits for part-time employees under this section, a member's part-time service shall be payable to a member whose service consists solely of part-time service without variation in the number of hours worked during all periods of his municipal service, such member's service shall be treated as full-time service. For purposes of computing the retirement benefit payable to a member whose service consists of part-time and full-time service or whose service consists of part-time service rendered in different proportions to a full-time schedule, such member's years of service and average salary shall be proportionately adjusted to produce a retirement benefit equivalent to that payable if his service had been rendered at an unvarying rate. As used in this subsection, "part-time service" means service by a member who customarily works less than a full-time schedule but no less than twenty hours per week.

      (e) On and after January 1, 2002, the following formula shall be used for the purpose of calculating the monthly allowance of each member covered by the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System on the first of the month after such member becomes eligible for Social Security or until such member qualifies for a Social Security disability award, if earlier: One-twelfth of one and one-half per cent of such member's final average pay up to the breakpoint for the year in which such member separated from service plus two per cent of such member's final average pay in excess of the breakpoint for the year in which such member separated from service, multiplied by such member's years of retirement credit and fractions thereof. Such allowance shall be reduced in recognition of any optional form of retirement income elected in accordance with section 7-439g. For the purposes of this subsection, "breakpoint" has the same meaning as "year's breakpoint" in subsection (a) of section 5-192f.

      (1957, P.A. 447, S. 7; 1959, P.A. 316; 471, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 547, S. 1; 722, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 406; 1971, P.A. 644, S. 2; P.A. 73-619, S. 1, 3; P.A. 75-293, S. 5; P.A. 76-314; P.A. 77-102, S. 1, 2; P.A. 79-376, S. 14; P.A. 84-106, S. 3; P.A. 86-243, S. 1, 10; P.A. 93-356, S. 6; P.A. 01-80, S. 3; P.A. 07-217, S. 27.)

      History: 1959 acts provided for computation of retirement benefits on basis of five highest-paid years of municipal service rather than five years immediately preceding retirement and included benefits under old age and survivors insurance system in restriction on maximum allowance payable; 1967 acts based calculations on three highest-paid years rather than five highest-paid years and added provision concerning benefits for fund B members retired before January 1, 1960; 1969 act deleted provisions concerning temporary retirement allowances; 1971 act simplified description of formula; P.A. 73-619 added Subsecs. (b) and (c) re cost-of-living increases and benefits for retirees whose municipalities later join fund B; P.A. 75-293 replaced "three highest-paid years of service" in Subdiv. (1) with "last ten years of service"; P.A. 76-314 amended Subsec. (c) to include members of fund B as well as retirees whose municipality transfers to fund B and added reference to Sec. 7-436a; P.A. 77-102 amended Subsec. (a) replacing "is not so derived" with "exceeds the average obtained in Subdivision (1)"; P.A. 79-376 substituted "workers' compensation" for "workmen's compensation"; P.A. 84-106 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that any workers' compensation specific indemnity award shall not be deducted from the member's retirement allowance; P.A. 86-243 amended Subsec. (a) to equalize the percentage of pay used to calculate benefits for all service years and to provide that a member's retirement allowance, plus workers' compensation and Social Security benefits, may not exceed 100%, instead of 75%, of his average annual pay and added Subsec. (d), establishing how part-time service shall be treated for benefit eligibility and calculation purposes; P.A. 93-356 amended Subsec. (c) to exclude retirees whose municipality transfers to fund B; P.A. 01-80 added new Subsec. (e) re formula for calculating the monthly allowance of each member covered by the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 7-450c. Diminishment or reduction of rights or benefits under pension and retirement systems. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or special act 01-1, no municipality or special taxing district that provides, as of July 11, 2007, a pension and retirement system for its officers and employees and their beneficiaries shall diminish or eliminate any right or benefit granted to any retiree under such retirement or pension system that was in effect on the date of such retiree's retirement. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit a municipality or special taxing district from changing the administration of such retiree's retirement benefits as long as the rights and benefits provided to such retiree after any change in the administration are at least equivalent to the rights and benefits provided prior to such change.

      (P.A. 07-221, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 07-221 effective July 11, 2007.

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PART III
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 7-471. Powers of State Board of Labor Relations. The State Board of Labor Relations shall have the following power and authority in relation to collective bargaining in municipal employment:

      (1) Whenever, in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by the board, a petition has been filed (A) by an employee or group of employees or any employee organization acting in their behalf alleging that a substantial number of employees (i) wish to be represented for collective bargaining by an employee organization as exclusive representative, or (ii) assert that the employee organization which has been certified or is currently being recognized by their municipal employer as the bargaining representative is no longer the representative of a majority of employees in the unit; (B) by a municipal employer alleging that one or more employee organizations have presented to him a claim to be recognized as the representative of a majority of employees in an appropriate unit; or (C) by either an employee organization or a municipal employer in accordance with subdivision (4) of this section, the board shall refer the petition to its agent who shall investigate the petition and issue a direction of election and conduct a secret ballot election to determine whether and by which employee organization the employees desire to be represented if he has reasonable cause to believe that a question of representation exists, or issue a recommendation to dismiss the petition if he finds that there is not such reasonable cause, or refer the petition to the board for a hearing without having conducted an election or issuing a recommendation of dismissal, in which event the board shall conduct an appropriate hearing upon due notice. The agent shall report his action to the board. The board shall issue an order confirming the agent's direction of election and certifying the results of the election, or issue an order confirming the agent's recommendation for dismissal, or order a further investigation, or provide for an appropriate hearing upon due notice. Before taking any of the aforesaid actions, the board shall provide the parties with an opportunity to file briefs on the questions at issue and shall fully consider any such briefs filed. After a hearing, the board shall order any of the aforesaid actions on the petition or shall, upon good cause, order any other suitable method to determine whether and by which employee organization the employees desire to be represented. The board shall certify the results. No election shall be directed in any bargaining unit or any subdivision thereof within which in the preceding twelve-month period a valid election has been held. No election shall be directed by the board during the term of a written collective bargaining agreement, except for good cause. In any election where none of the choices on the ballot receives a majority, a runoff shall be conducted, the ballot providing for a selection between the two choices receiving the largest and the second largest number of valid votes cast in the election. An employee organization which receives a majority of votes cast in an election confirmed or ordered by the board shall be designated by the board as exclusive representative of the employees in the unit.

      (2) The board shall have the power to determine whether a position is covered by sections 7-467 to 7-477, inclusive, in the event of a dispute between the municipal employer and an employee organization. In determining whether a position is supervisory the board shall consider, among other criteria, whether the principal functions of the position are characterized by not fewer than two of the following: (A) Performing such management control duties as scheduling, assigning, overseeing and reviewing the work of subordinate employees; (B) performing such duties as are distinct and dissimilar from those performed by the employees supervised; (C) exercising judgment in adjusting grievances, applying other established personnel policies and procedures and in enforcing the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement; and (D) establishing or participating in the establishment of performance standards for subordinate employees and taking corrective measures to implement those standards. The above criteria for supervisory positions shall not necessarily apply to police or fire departments.

      (3) The board shall decide in each case whether, in order to insure to employees the fullest freedom in exercising the rights guaranteed by sections 7-467 to 7-477, inclusive, and in order to insure a clear and identifiable community of interest among employees concerned, the unit appropriate for purposes of collective bargaining shall be the municipal employer unit or any other unit thereof, provided no unit shall include both supervisory and nonsupervisory employees except there shall be a single unit for each fire department consisting of the uniformed and investigatory employees of each such fire department and a single unit for each police department consisting of the uniformed and investigatory employees of each such police department. No existing units shall be altered or modified to conform to this provision. No unit shall include both professional and nonprofessional employees unless a majority of such professional employees vote for inclusion in such unit, provided employees who are members of a profession may be included in a unit which includes nonprofessional employees if an employee organization has been designated by the board or has been recognized by the municipal employer as the exclusive representative of such unit and a majority of the employees in such profession vote for inclusion in such unit, in which event all of the employees in such profession shall be included in such unit. The term "professional employee" means: (A) Any employee engaged in work (i) predominantly intellectual and varied in character as opposed to routine mental, manual, mechanical or physical work; (ii) involving the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in its performance; (iii) of such a character that the output produced or the result accomplished cannot be standardized in relation to a given time period; (iv) requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study in an institution of higher learning or a hospital, as distinguished from a general academic education or from an apprenticeship or from training in the performance of routine mental, manual or physical processes; or (B) any employee who (i) has completed the courses of specialized intellectual instruction and study described in subparagraph (A)(iv) of this subdivision, and (ii) is performing related work under the supervision of a professional person to qualify himself or herself to become a professional employee as defined in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision.

      (4) An employee organization or a municipal employer may file a petition with the board seeking a clarification or modification of an existing unit. The power of the board to make such clarifications and modifications shall be limited to those times when a petition for clarification or modification is filed by either an employee organization or a municipal employer. No petition seeking a clarification or modification of an existing unit shall be considered to be timely by the board during the term of a written collective bargaining agreement, except that a petition for clarification or modification filed by an employee organization concerning either (A) a newly created position, or (B) any employee who is not represented by an employee organization, may be filed at any time.

      (5) Whenever a question arises as to whether a practice prohibited by sections 7-467 to 7-477, inclusive, has been committed by a municipal employer or employee organization, the board shall consider that question in accordance with the following procedure: (A) When a complaint has been made to the board that a prohibited practice has been or is being committed, the board shall refer such complaint to its agent. Upon receiving a report from the agent, the board may issue an order dismissing the complaint or may order a further investigation or a hearing thereon. When a hearing is ordered, the board shall set the time and place for the hearing, which time and place may be changed by the board at the request of one of the parties for cause shown. Any complaint may be amended with the permission of the board. The municipal employer, the employee organization and the person so complained of shall have the right to file an answer to the original or amended complaint within five days after the service of such complaint or within such other time as the board may limit. Such municipal employer, such employee organization and such person shall have the right to appear in person or otherwise to defend against such complaint. In the discretion of the board any person may be allowed to intervene in such proceeding. In any hearing the board shall not be bound by the technical rules of evidence prevailing in the courts. A transcript of the testimony taken at any hearing before the board shall be filed with the board. (B) If, upon all the testimony, the board determines that a prohibited practice has been or is being committed, it shall state its findings of fact and shall issue and cause to be served on the party committing the prohibited practice an order requiring it or him to cease and desist from such prohibited practice, and shall take such further affirmative action as will effectuate the policies of sections 7-467 to 7-477, inclusive, including but not limited to: (i) Withdrawal of certification of an employee organization established or assisted by any action defined in said sections as a prohibited practice, (ii) reinstatement of an employee discriminated against in violation of said sections with or without back pay, or (iii) if either party is found to have refused to bargain collectively in good faith, ordering arbitration and directing the party found to have refused to bargain to pay the full costs of arbitration under section 7-473c, resulting from the negotiations in which the refusal to bargain occurred. (C) If, upon all of the testimony, the board determines that a prohibited practice has not been or is not being committed, it shall state its finding of fact and shall issue an order dismissing the complaint. (D) For the purposes of hearings and enforcement of orders under sections 7-467 to 7-477, inclusive, the board shall have the same power and authority as it has in sections 31-107, 31-108 and 31-109, and the municipal employer and the employee organization shall have the right of appeal as provided therein. (E) If, by the thirtieth day following the date on which a complaint citing a violation of section 7-470 was made to the board, said board has not determined whether a prohibited practice has been or is being committed and if the violation is of an ongoing nature, said board may issue and cause to be served on the party committing the act or practice cited in such complaint an order requiring such party to cease and desist from such act or practice until said board has made its determination.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 159, S. 5; 1967, P.A. 491, S. 3, 4; P.A. 78-375, S. 2; P.A. 79-313; P.A. 81-29, S. 3; P.A. 91-255, S. 2; P.A. 92-170, S. 16, 26; P.A. 07-217, S. 28.)

      History: 1967 act amended Subdiv. (2) to require that at least two of the criteria enumerating characteristics of supervisory positions apply in determining exclusion from coverage and amended Subdiv. (3) to clarify that "single unit" refers to fire department and police department units rather than to uniformed and investigatory units within each and to set forth conditions in which professional and nonprofessional employees may be in same unit; P.A. 78-375 deleted reference to "supervisory" positions in Subdiv. (2) and amended Subdiv. (3) to prohibit units from including both supervisory and nonsupervisory employees except in police and fire departments and to exempt existing units from conformity with provision re supervisory and nonsupervisory employees; P.A. 79-313 added Subdiv. (4)(E) re cease and desist orders; P.A. 81-29 transferred certain powers of board to its agent re petitions concerning the election of representatives but rested final action with the board; P.A. 91-255 added Subdiv. (1)(C) re petitions filed by employee organizations or municipal employers, added new Subdiv. (4) re petitions seeking clarification or modification of existing units and redesignated existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5); P.A. 92-170 amended Subdiv. (5) to replace references to fact finding with arbitration, effective May 26, 1992, and applicable to arbitration proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subdivs. (3) and (4), effective July 12, 2007.

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