Triborough Amendment Repeal Campaign

February 10, 2012

Opponents of the Triborough Amendment, the provision that discourages good-faith bargaining by public employee unions, have a standard barrier in Assemblyman Robert Caselli, who has introduced legislation (A08115) to suspend the law for two years.

Caselli has also introduced legislation to identify and quantify state mandates that drive up the cost of local government, arguing there is little transparency in this area.

Caselli represents the 89th Assembly District (Westchester County).

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Poll Q of the Week: Pension Reform

January 23, 2012

This week Empire Page visitors are being asked to grade Gov. Cuomo’s pension reform program which includes a defined contribution option for new state hires. The plan, which the governor’s office claims will save taxpayers $93 billion over the next 30 years, would also create a new tier for newly hired state workers. Under the new tier, the retirement age would be raised from 62 to 65 and employees contribution to their retirement would be greater than is currently the case.

Triborough Amendment Repeal Favored

Empire Page visitors voted overwhelmingly in favor of repealing this provision 64% in favor versus 24% opposed. Interestingly 7 percent of the responders have never heard of the Triborough Amendment to the law that governs collective bargaining in the public sector. This amendment prohibits a public entity from altering any provision of an expired labor agreement until a new agreement is reached. Opponents of the Triborough Amendment argue that it undermines the collective bargaining process by reducing the incentive of unions from reaching a new agreement.