Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School District No. 4 v. Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
School Districts
Case Number: 
2013 IL 113721
Decision Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2013
4th Dist
Pike Co.
Appellate court reversed; Board decision confirmed.
Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board properly ordered school district to comply with a labor arbitrator's award reinstating a discharged paraprofessional employee. Arbitrator properly found that employee was not an at-will employee, based on language in collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) and parties' bargaining history, and arbitrator properly applied arbitrariness standard, finding that school district violated CBA in failing to inform employee of specific performance problems and in failing to investigate and confirm parental complaints prior to decision to discharge. Arbitrator's decision drew its essence from CBA. (KILBRIDE, FREEMAN, THOMAS, GARMAN, and THEIS, concurring; KARMEIER, specially concurring.)