Appeal from the Order Entered March 13, 1984 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at No. 2042 C.D. 1982 affirming the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Civil Division, at No. GD 78-13954 dated July 22, 1982.
Nix, C.j., and Larsen,*fn* Flaherty, McDermott, Hutchinson, Zappala and Papadakos, JJ. Hutchinson, J., filed a concurring opinion.
In 1977-78, police officers employed by the Borough of Wilkinsburg (the Borough) entered into negotiations with representatives of their employer in an attempt to reach a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to "Act 111", Act
of June 24, 1968, P.L. 237, No. 111, as amended, 43 P.S. §§ 217.1-217.10 (Supp. 1984-85), which authorizes collective bargaining between political subdivisions and their policemen and firemen and provides for final, binding arbitration in the event of an impasse in negotiations. An arbitration panel was convened in order to resolve the impasse that arose in the instant case and, on March 4, 1978, the arbitrators entered an award which included the following provisions for compensation:
1. All of the terms and conditions of the 1976-1977 Agreement between the parties, except as changed or modified by this Award will remain in full force and effect.
For the calendar year 1978, the annual salary for Police officers in the Borough of Wilkinsburg shall be calculated and paid according to the following schedule:
PATROLMAN -- [LEVEL SIX THROUGH THREE - these var-
ious levels of PATROLMAN were based solely upon length of
service with the Wilkinsburg Police Department]
PROVISIONARY PATROLMAN -- [LEVELS ...