Arbitration bill boosted

Campus police arbitration bill boosted

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE)-initiated bill (HB 1559) to give state college and university campus police binding arbitration got a good reception in the House Appropriations Committee Monday (Jan. 15).

The bill makes sense because it would level the playing field for these law enforcement officers, AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Lobbyist Matt Zuvich told the committee.

“Every other fully commissioned police force enjoys interest arbitration as a sacrifice for (no) right to strike,” Zuvich said.

A separate bargaining table would allow these campus police officers to deal with their unique safety, training and equipment needs, Zuvich said.

“These are fully commissioned police officers who work in conjunction with their police forces in their local communities and they have very specific bargaining needs that we hope to see addressed through a separate table.”