Texas Local Government Code

Sec. § 174.252
Judicial Enforcement When Public Employer Declines Arbitration


(a)

If an association requests arbitration as provided by Subchapter E and a public employer refuses to engage in arbitration, on the application of the association, a district court for the judicial district in which a majority of affected employees reside may enforce the requirements of Section 174.021 (Prevailing Wage and Working Conditions Required) as to any unsettled issue relating to compensation or other conditions of employment of fire fighters, police officers, or both.

(b)

If the court finds that the public employer has violated Section 174.021 (Prevailing Wage and Working Conditions Required), the court shall:

(1)

order the public employer to make the affected employees whole as to the employees’ past losses;

(2)

declare the compensation or other conditions of employment required by Section 174.021 (Prevailing Wage and Working Conditions Required) for the period, not to exceed one year, as to which the parties are bargaining; and

(3)

award the association reasonable attorney’s fees.

(c)

The court costs of an action under this section, including costs for a master if one is appointed, shall be taxed to the public employer.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
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