Enacted 40 years ago during an era of public-sector labor unrest, New York’s Public Employees Fair Employment Act–better known as the Taylor Law–was designed to balance the broad public interest and the narrower interests of unionized government workers. But while strikes and other job actions have become rare events, municipal and school officials say the Taylor Law–in combination with other public labor statutes–now unduly favors unions at taxpayer expense.
Are Taylor Law reforms needed to redress the balance? The Empire Center explored the question at an Oct. 16 policy forum in Albany.
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From left to right, Charles Brecher, Fran Turner, Richard Iannuzzi, Shawn Hogan, and Robert Ward.
Mayor, City of Hornell
Richard C. Iannuzzi
President, New York State United Teachers
Director of Legislative and Political Action
Civil Service Employees Association
Research Director, Citizens Budget Commission
Vito DiCesare, Jr.
Retired Superintendent, Beacon School District
Hon. Jerome Lefkowitz
NYS Public Employment Relations Board
National Center for Suburban Studies
Hon. Steve Levy
Suffolk County Executive