Thompson v. Policemen's Benevolent Labor Committee

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2012 IL App (3d) 110926
Decision Date: 
December 31, 2012
District: 
3d Dist.
Division/County: 
Bureau Co.
Justice: 
LYTTON
Holding: 
Affirmed.
Sheriff filed declaratory judgment action seeking declaration that he was not required to arbitrate a deecision by County Merit Commission to discharge officer of sheriff's department. Collective bargaining agreement contains no language stating that it becomes void upon election of a new representative, and that would also be contrary to labor relations policy. Arbitration provision is clear and unambiguous and allows officer to arbitrate merit commission decision; thus, court order compelling arbitration is proper. Court properly denied sheriff's request for a stay, as court had no authority to enjoin the ILRB from hearing the labor relations complaint, as it was not a party. (CARTER and O'BRIEN, concurring.)