Appeal from Common Pleas Court, Allegheny County, Honorable James H. McClean, Judge.
James B. Brown, Alder, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for appellant.
Joseph J. Pass, Jubelirer, Pass & Intrieri, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for appellees.
Crumlish, Jr., President Judge, and Colins, J., and Barbieri, Senior Judge.
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The Port Authority of Allegheny County (Port Authority) appeals an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court order directing it to bargain collectively with those employees designated as first-level supervisors through their authorized bargaining agent, Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union.
In 1969, a Board of Arbitration determined that first-level Port Authority supervisors were entitled to collective bargaining rights under Section 13.2 of the act commonly
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known as the Second Class County Port Authority Act*fn1 and from that time these supervisors were accorded those rights.*fn2 On July 3, 1986, however, the General Assembly amended Section 13.2 of the Act, further delineating the bargaining status of first-level supervisors.
The issue here is whether, under the 1986 amendments to the Act, the supervisors retain their collective bargaining rights or are entitled only to "meet-and-discuss" rights consistent with Section 704 of the Public Employe Relations Act,*fn3 43 P.S. § 1101.704.
Upon reviewing the legal arguments raised by the parties and the relevant statutory and decisional authority, we hold that the common pleas court correctly decided that first-level Port Authority supervisors continue to enjoy full collective bargaining rights. We affirm on the basis of the sound and able opinion of ...