The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether an interest arbitration award that set a minimum number of on-duty firefighters per shift should have been vacated because it infringed on the employer's managerial responsibilities.

The justices granted allocatur March 3 in City of Allentown v. International Association of Fire Fighters Local 302 to review whether the Commonwealth Court erred in vacating the award. The high court also agreed to hear argument on whether there was a lack of evidence of undue infringement presented to the arbitration panel to justify the intermediate court's decision.

John McLaughlin and Bradley Betack of Ballard Spahr represent the city of Allentown.

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