Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Kevin Cahill - Repeal the Triborough Amendment
Clarification of today's debate with Kevin Cahill. NYS Public Employees were barred from striking way before the Triborough Amendment. The enactment of the Triborough Amendment was a Hugh Carey election year union power grab to maintain terms and conditions of employment after the expiration of a contract. The real disaster of Triborough is that it requires continuation of all the terms of the contract, including binding grievance arbitration and collecting union dues (not required under the private sector decisions or the Triborough “doctrine”). To make matters worse, it was interpreted by the courts as taking away the legislative determination, to the extent that a legislative body cannot impose less favorable terms through a legislative determination unless the union puts all the terms “in play” by participating in the legislative hearing process, which they never do. In other words, school boards and municipalities have NO negotiating power at all. Repealing this awful Triborough Amendment is what Kevin Cahill should be fighting for in Albany, not intefering and quibbling about Mike Hein Safety Net/Sales Tax policy that was already decided by Ulster County government.