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HARTA Prevails

On November 13, 2012, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HARTA), represented by Allen Norton & Blue, P.A., prevailed in an unfair labor practice proceeding before the Public Employees Relations Commission.  PERC issued a Final Order in Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1593 v. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, holding that HARTA did not commit an unfair labor practice when it returned to impasse after a failed ratification vote by the Union.  PERC’s decision represented an employer-friendly departure from recent caselaw requiring employers to return to the bargaining table after a failed ratification vote.  Now, employers may return directly to impasse after a failed ratification vote under limited circumstances.

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