N.A. cop contract sent back to arbitrator

The state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) has ruled in the borough’s favor on an appeal of an arbitration decision on a new police union contract, borough officials announced last week.
According to a press release issued by North Arlington, the seven-member PERC panel voted July 19 to vacate the interest arbitration award issued June 13 and to remand the matter to the arbitrator, who has 45 days to reconsider his award. The vote was 5-0 (with two abstentions).
Although the June decision was favorable to the borough,  the Borough Council appealed, alleging  the ruling had been based on fraudulent information submitted to arbitrator Frank A. Mason by the police union about Police Chief Louis Ghione’s contract.

– Karen Zautyk

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