Cuomo backpedals on binding arbitration by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has pulled the teeth out of his original proposal to reform the binding arbitration law for police and fire contract disputes, squandering an opportunity to deliver on a key mandate relief priority for many municipalities.

Those well-paid state troopers by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York has the second highest-paid state police force in the country, the Gannett News Service (GNS) reported last week, based on both state payroll and U.S. Census records.  GNS said the average salary for all ranks of state trooper came to $112,...

Pre-arbitration capitulation by Lise Bang-Jensen | | NY Torch

The city of White Plains is the latest example of how arbitration can produce bloated and unaffordable labor contracts. The twist, in the case of White Plains, is that the unaffordable arbitration award reportedly was recommended by the city's former...

Another phony “reform” NY Torch

The Senate today also passed the so-called Public Authorities Reform Act previously approved by the Assembly and backed by Governor Paterson--complete with a form of super card-check for unions seeking to organize authority-sponsored hotel and conven...

MTA’s Fatal Dodge | New York Post

The media treated it as good news when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union said last week that they'd settle their next contract through binding arbitration.