September 10, 2013
UNITED POLICE SOCIETY OF MT. LEBANON; RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS; MARK KUBIT, MARY EICHINGER, JOHN MICHALEC, DAVID WHITE, LES PALOMBINE, MARY SUE JOYCE, WILLIAM LAURENCE, KEVIN MACKEN, TOM GIANNI, ROBERT GEHRMANN, PAT O'DONNELL, AND BLAISE LAROTONDA
MT. LEBANON COMMISSION; STEPHEN M. FELLER; MT. LEBANON PENSION PLAN ADMINISTRATOR; MUNICIPALITY OF MT. LEBANON PETITION OF: UNITED POLICE SOCIETY OF MT. LEBANON
Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court
AND NOW, this 10th day of September, 2013, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED. The issue, as stated by petitioner, with an additional issue required to be addressed by this Court, is as follows:
Whether a municipality that collectively bargains to provide a particular pension benefit improvement, and confirms its bargain by legislatively adopting the benefit in its Pension Ordinance (and numerous subsequent amendments), may subsequently refuse to provide the benefit because one of its managers directed the Plan Actuary to perform an Act 205 cost estimate on the effect of adding a different and lesser benefit?
Additionally, the parties are directed to address the issue of the possible remedy or range of remedies appropriate under the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act ("Act 205"), 53 P.S. §§ 895.101-895.803, and case law interpreting Act 205, under the factual scenario posed by this case.