- Private Sector-13.7%
- Public Sector-70.5%
Right to Work:
- Forced unionism
Government Sector Collective Bargaining Laws:
- Police/Fire: Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act
- State: Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act
- Education: Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act
- Municipal: New York City Employees
Paycheck Protection Law:
- No Provision
Secret Ballot Protection:
- No Provision
Government Sector Binding Arbitration Provisions:
- State: NY Consolidated Laws, CVC, Article 14, 209
- Police: NY Consolidated Laws, CVC, Article 14, 209
- Fire: NY Consolidated Laws, CVC, Article 14, 209
- Teachers: NY Consolidated Laws, CVC, Article 14, 209
Public Access to Government Bargaining Sessions:
- N.Y. Pub. Off. Law § 105(1)(e) (Government can eliminate public access)
Government Employee Strike Policy:
- State: (Prohibited) Civil Service Law § 209
- Police: (Prohibited) Civil Service Law § 209
- Fire: (Prohibited) Civil Service Law § 209
- Teachers: (Prohibited) Civil Service Law § 209
Public Sector Unions in New York
Over the last 45 years, thanks to labor friendly legislation and increasingly powerful unions, New York’s state and local government jobs have grown at more than twice the rate of private-sector employment. The average pay of state and local government workers is higher than that of private-sector workers in almost all regions in the state.
Public sector unions have become largely influential political contributors, the effects of which can be seen by how well they’ve been able to protect those advantages that have helped them to become so influential.
New York’s fiscal situation is as dire as many around the country. However, several obstacles to reducing spending and improving New York’s economy could be overcome by implementing policies that would continue to protect the interests of public sector workers while more aptly protecting the interests of New York’s taxpayers.
Recommendations for New York:
- Reaffirm the principle that public employees have no “right” to strike, preserving the no-strike penalties in the Taylor Law, including the 2-for-1 penalty for workers that go on strike.
- Modify the Triborough Amendment, which, among other provisions, prohibits public employers from altering an expired labor agreement until a new agreement is reached. This has the effect of giving public sector unions an unfair bargaining advantage because they can continue to receive benefits and pay increases until a new contract is reached, leaving little motivation to give into concessions and compromise.
- Release proposed collective bargaining agreements publicly before they are enacted, allowing for public review and comment.
- Modify existing regulations to ensure that compulsory arbitration takes a comprehensive look at an employer’s or community’s ability to pay.
- Reverse the practice of negotiating for subcontracting and reassignment of union work. The ultimate decision should be left to elected officials who ultimately are responsible for managing costs and delivering goods.
- Repeal automatic dues check-off.
New York Labor News
- New York City is Running Out of Other People’s Money Posted on: May 6, 2013
By Alan Joel, Canada Free Press
In a twist of irony, “Big Government” Bloomberg has admitted that NYC is at the edge of a fiscal precipice.
- NLRB orders Target to hold new union election, revise handbook Posted on: May 3, 2013
By Amanda Becker, Thomson Reuters News & Insight
The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a Target store on Long Island, New York, to hold a new union election, after finding that some policies in its employee handbook violated federal labor law.
- Union Chief Recommends Delay in Use of Test Scores Posted on: May 1, 2013
By Javier C. Hernandez, The New York Times
Warning that a new set of academic standards was on the verge of falling into the “dustbin of history,” the leader of a national teachers’ union called on Tuesday for school systems to postpone using new tests to evaluate teachers and promote students.
- Police probe looks at whether ex-Auburn Teachers Association president had help taking union funds Posted on: April 26, 2013
By Samantha House, The Citizen
The Auburn Police Department is working to determine whether anyone helped the former president of the Auburn Teachers Association steal at least $800,000 in union funds, the officer leading the investigation said Thursday.
- FOUNDATION ACTION: Union Bosses Caught Diverting Charitable Donations to Union Coffers Posted on: April 23, 2013
By Will Collins, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Long Island teacher has won a favorable ruling against two unions at the New York State Supreme Court. Maureen Stavrakoglou originally filed suit against the two unions for refusing to tell her what they did with union dues that were supposed to have been redirected to charities.