A.B.D. No. 87-2 -1-
A.B.D. No. 87-2
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
BEFORE THE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS COMMISSION APPEAL BOARD
OAL DKT Nos. PRB-2435-85, 2434-85, 5350-85 and 6277-86
AGENCY DKT Nos. AB-82-1, AB-82-2, AB-85-l2, AB-87-l and AB-87-2
JOHN RUSSELL et al.,
EDISON TOWNSHIP EDUCATION
PASCACK VALLEY REGIONAL
Hugh L. Reilly, Esq. for petitioners (National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.) pro hac vice through Jeffrey A. Mintz, Esq., (Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson, attorneys)
Richard A. Friedman, Esq. for respondents (Ruhlman, Butrym and Friedman, P.A., attorneys)
DECISION AND ORDER
Five petitions were filed with the Public Employment Relations Commission Appeal Board by petitioners, employees of the
Edison Township and Pascack Valley Regional Boards of Education, who pay representation fees in lieu of dues to the Edison Township and Pascack Valley Regional Education Associations, majority representative organizations. The petitions sought review of the amounts assessed as representation fees for six fiscal years beginning with 1980-1981 and ending with 1985-1986. The five cases were transferred to the Office of Administrative Law, consolidated for hearing and assigned to Administrative Law Judge Joseph Lavery.* On January l6, l987 a hearing was convened before Judge Lavery at which the parties entered into a stipulation of settlement. The Administrative Law Judge reviewed the terms of the settlement and concluded that it was entered into voluntarily, fully disposed of all issues in controversy, and was consistent with law.
On May l6, 1987 Judge Lavery issued an "Initial Decision-Settlement" ordering that all parties comply with the terms of the settlement and concluding the proceedings before him. We have reviewed the settlement and his Order, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-10, and conclude that his action is correct.
* Two petitions (Docket Nos. AB-82-l and AB-82-2) were remanded to the Office of Administrative Law in accordance with our decision of April 16, 1985, A.B.D. No. 85-l4, 12 NJPER 280 (& 16101 1985). Docket No. AB-85-l2 was transferred to the OAL on August 2l, l985 and Docket Nos. AB-87-l and AB-87-2 were transferred on September l2, l986.
The Initial Decision of the Office of Administrative Law (attached hereto) is hereby affirmed.
BY ORDER OF THE APPEAL BOARD
GERALD L. DORF
DATED: TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
June 23, l987
ISSUED: June 24, l987
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