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April 23, 2009

Re:   Mandates Relief Binding Arbitration Reform

Dear Mayor:

A keystone in the effort to control local costs is Police and Fire Binding Arbitration Reform. Even if you do not have paid police or fire services, excessive arbitration awards can drive up your personnel budget. A ripple effect takes place when uniformed employees receive generous terms. Other employees seek similar increments. Then, their counterparts in neighboring jurisdiction do likewise. These increases are, then, taken into account in the next wave of arbitrated settlements.

You can see why this is a priority in our broader campaign for meaningful mandates relief.

Especially in these trying times, all municipalities have a stake in binding arbitration reform.

In an effort to gain legislative support for real reform, we ask all municipalities to consider adopting a version of our Sample Resolution ( and sending it on to your State legislators.

With some $32 million in municipal revenue replacement funding slated to be slashed in the next State Budget, all we are asking for is some State assistance on costs. It will not cost a penny for the State to relax or eliminate mandates. And Binding Arbitration Reform is a great place to start.

If you have any questions, please call Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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