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- Attorney Greg Wiley, Esq., is admitted to practice law in state courts in Minnesota and Illinois, and in numerous federal courts. Wiley is a passionate advocate for his clients, and he has earned an outstanding reputation for the highest quality of legal representation. He is oft-recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Lawyer in the area of labor and employment law. In 2012, Wiley was awarded the national Pacesetter Award for innovation in labor law, and the Award of Excellence in Civil Law by the public law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association for demonstrating extraordinary leadership, initiative, and innovation in the performance of his duties in representing his public law clients. Mr. Wiley represented corporate management nationwide while at Littler Mendelson, the largest labor and employment law firm in the country. Mr. Wiley currently runs his own advising, litigation, investigation, mediation, and training practice, and serves as General Counsel to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. He represents corporations, local businesses, municipalities, and individuals in the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in other parts of Minnesota. He has office space in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Woodbury. Mr. Wiley stays current on legal trends and developments. Subscribe to his RSS, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook feeds to stay abreast of legal developments.
City of Brooklyn Center receives split interest arbitration award with LELS
Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc., Local 82 challenged the City’s wage proposals, and a number of other compensation related items in the collective bargaining agreement. Evidence was presented on the City’s ability to pay, economic conditions, internal comparisons, external comparisons, unemployment, inflation, and employee retention. The parties’ disputed many of the issues, including the appropriate comparator group for external comparisons. The union argued for a comparison with 24 cities, while the City sought a comparison to 8 cities. The City argued that the Police Officers’ unit should receive a lesser increase for 2012 and 2013 than other groups whose contracts had already settled – other groups had received 2% increases and the employer sought to provide a 1% increase.
On February 9, 2012, Arbitrator Thomas Gallagher rendered his award. Based on his analysis of the external and internal comparators, the arbitrator awarded a 2% increase for each year. One key to Arbitrator Gallagher’s rationale was internal consistency: “As employers often argue in interest arbitration, internal comparison should be given greater consideration than external comparison, unless the external market shows substantially disparate comparison.” The arbitrator awarded a slight increase in monthly longevity pay, and on-call pay. The arbitrator, however, awarded the employer’s position on insurance, finding that the employer had provided the same insurance benefits to all of its employees for nearly 15 years, and the employer had a remarkable pattern of internal consistency for union and non-union employees. The arbitrator also determined that the employer’s proposal to apportion the cost reduction in medical insurance premiums (of about 17% to 20%) between it and the employees was reasonable.
Attorney Greg Wiley counsels his clients that arbitrators will frequently apply an internal settlement pattern, whether the employer or union seeks to apply it.