(a) The governing body of a municipality that granted recognition of a firefighters
association under Section 142.103 without conducting an election under Section 142.105 may withdraw recognition of the association by providing to the association not less
than 90 days' written notice that:
(1) the governing body is withdrawing recognition of the association; and
(2) any agreement between the governing body and the association will not be renewed.
(b) The governing body of a municipality that granted recognition of a firefighters
association after conducting an election under Section 142.105 may order an election to determine whether a public employer may continue to meet
and confer under this subchapter. The governing body may not order an election under this subsection until the second
anniversary of the date of the election under Section 142.105.
(c) An election ordered under Subsection (b) must be held as part of the next regularly
scheduled general election for municipal officers that occurs after the date the governing
body of the municipality orders the election and that allows sufficient time to prepare
the ballot in compliance with other requirements of law.
(d) The ballot for an election ordered under Subsection (b) shall be printed to allow
voting for or against the proposition: “Authorizing __________ (name of municipality) to continue to operate under the state law allowing a municipality
to meet and confer and make agreements with the association representing municipal
firefighters as provided by state law, preserving the prohibition against strikes
and organized work stoppages, and providing penalties for strikes and organized work
(e) An election ordered under Subsection (b) must be held and the returns prepared
and canvassed in conformity with the Election Code.
(f) If an election ordered under Subsection (b) is held, the municipality may continue
to operate under this subchapter only if a majority of the votes cast at the election
favor the proposition.
(g) If an election ordered under Subsection (b) is held, an association may not submit
a petition for recognition to the governing body of the municipality under Section 142.103 before the second anniversary of the date of the election.
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