EMPLOYER REFUSAL TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH; DEFENSES – Past Practice; Maintenance of Status Quo
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608.05000 – Past Practice; Maintenance of Status Quo
Charge failed to state a prima facie case of unlawful unilateral change when the employer deducted the amount of a health benefits premium increase from employees’ paychecks during negotiations following expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. The expired agreement set the employer’s contribution rate; it did not require the employer to maintain a certain level of health benefits. Thus, the employer did not alter the status quo by failing to pay the premium increase.