senate Bill S1269

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for the use of binding arbitration for certain represented members of the unified court system

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to civil service and pensions
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S1269 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Civil Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §209, Civ Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3497

S1269 - Bill Texts

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Provides for the use of binding arbitration for employee organizations represented by the Ninth judicial district negotiating unit, Nassau county negotiating unit, Suffolk county negotiating unit, New York city senior court officers negotiating unit, New York city court officers negotiating unit and New York city court clerks negotiating unit; the parties shall refer the dispute to a three member public arbitration panel; requires the arbitration panel to hold hearings on all matters within the scope of negotiations related to the dispute; determinations of the panel are final and binding on all parties.

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BILL NUMBER:S1269

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the civil service law, in relation to binding arbitration for
court clerks and uniformed court officers of the unified court system

PURPOSE:
Establishes a binding arbitration system in the event of disputes
reaching impasse in collective negotiations for certain represented
members of the uniformed court system.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Adds a new subdivision 6 to Section 209 of the Civil
Service Law, to provide for the referral of an impasse between the
public employee organization representing certain members of the
unified court system. The three member panel will consist of: 1) one
member appointed by the Unified Court System; 2) one member appointed
by the employee organization; and 3) one member jointly appointed by
the parties. The panel would have full authority to resolve the
matters in dispute and issue a determination which is final and
binding upon the parties,

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
Binding arbitration is a mechanism that has been used successfully for
many years to address labor disputes in both the private and public
sectors. Currently, there is no such mechanism for groups in the
Unified Court System. Therefore, under current law, negotiating units
of the Unified Court System must seek legislative resolution of labor
impasses.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.3497 - Referred to Civil Service and Pensions
2008: S.6910 - Vetoed Memo No. 77
2007: S.4920 - Vetoed Memo No. 37
2005-2006: S.3078 - Vetoed Memo No. 363
2004: S.7487 - Vetoed Memo No. 281

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1269

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, SAVINO --
  read  twice  and  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to amend the civil service law,  in  relation  to  binding  arbi-
  tration  for  court clerks and uniformed court officers of the unified
  court system

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 209 of the civil service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6.  (A)  IN THE EVENT THAT THE BOARD CERTIFIES THAT A VOLUNTARY RESOL-
UTION OF THE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM  AND
THE  PUBLIC  EMPLOYEE  ORGANIZATION CERTIFIED OR RECOGNIZED TO REPRESENT
THE NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT NEGOTIATING UNIT, NASSAU COUNTY  NEGOTIATING
UNIT,  SUFFOLK COUNTY NEGOTIATING UNIT, NEW YORK CITY SENIOR COURT OFFI-
CERS NEGOTIATING UNIT, NEW YORK CITY COURT REPORTERS  NEGOTIATING  UNIT,
NEW  YORK  CITY  COURT OFFICERS NEGOTIATING UNIT AND NEW YORK CITY COURT
CLERKS NEGOTIATING UNIT SUCH BOARD SHALL REFER THE DISPUTE TO  A  PUBLIC
ARBITRATION  PANEL,  CONSISTING  OF  ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE UNIFIED
COURT SYSTEM, ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION AND  ONE
PUBLIC  MEMBER  APPOINTED  JOINTLY  BY  THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM AND THE
EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION WHO  SHALL  BE  SELECTED  WITHIN  TEN  DAYS  AFTER
RECEIPT  BY  THE  BOARD  OF  A  PETITION FOR CREATION OF THE ARBITRATION
PANEL. IF EITHER PARTY FAILS TO DESIGNATE ITS MEMBER TO THE PUBLIC ARBI-
TRATION PANEL, THE BOARD SHALL PROMPTLY, UPON RECEIPT OF  A  REQUEST  BY
EITHER PARTY, DESIGNATE A MEMBER ASSOCIATED IN INTEREST WITH THE UNIFIED
COURT SYSTEM OR EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION HE OR SHE IS TO REPRESENT. EACH OF
THE  RESPECTIVE  PARTIES  IS TO BEAR THE COST OF ITS MEMBER APPOINTED OR
DESIGNATED TO THE ARBITRATION PANEL AND EACH OF THE  RESPECTIVE  PARTIES
IS TO SHARE EQUALLY THE COST OF THE PUBLIC MEMBER. IF, WITHIN SEVEN DAYS
AFTER  THE  MAILING  DATE,  THE PARTIES ARE UNABLE TO AGREE UPON THE ONE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01378-01-1

S. 1269                             2

PUBLIC MEMBER, THE BOARD SHALL SUBMIT TO THE PARTIES A  LIST  OF  QUALI-
FIED, DISINTERESTED PERSONS FOR THE SELECTION OF THE PUBLIC MEMBER. EACH
PARTY  SHALL  ALTERNATELY STRIKE FROM THE LIST ONE OF THE NAMES WITH THE
ORDER  OF  STRIKING  DETERMINED  BY  LOT, UNTIL THE REMAINING ONE PERSON
SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC MEMBER. THIS PROCESS  SHALL  BE  COMPLETED
WITHIN  FIVE  DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THIS LIST. THE PARTIES SHALL NOTIFY THE
BOARD OF THE DESIGNATED PUBLIC MEMBER. THE PUBLIC MEMBER SHALL BE CHOSEN
AS CHAIRPERSON.
  (B) THE ARBITRATION PANEL SHALL HOLD HEARINGS ON  ALL  MATTERS  WITHIN
THE SCOPE OF NEGOTIATIONS RELATED TO THE DISPUTE FOR WHICH THE PANEL WAS
APPOINTED.  THE  PARTIES MAY BE HEARD EITHER IN PERSON, BY COUNSEL OR BY
OTHER REPRESENTATIVES AS THEY MAY RESPECTIVELY  DESIGNATE.  THE  PARTIES
MAY  PRESENT,  EITHER  ORALLY  OR IN WRITING OR BOTH, STATEMENT OF FACT,
SUPPORTING WITNESSES AND OTHER EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENT OF THEIR RESPECTIVE
POSITION WITH RESPECT TO EACH CASE. THE PANEL SHALL  HAVE  AUTHORITY  TO
REQUIRE THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE, EITHER ORAL OR WRIT-
TEN,  AS IT MAY DESIRE FROM THE PARTIES AND SHALL PROVIDE AT THE REQUEST
OF EITHER PARTY THAT A FULL AND COMPLETE RECORD  BE  KEPT  OF  ANY  SUCH
HEARINGS, THE COST OF SUCH RECORD TO BE SHARED EQUALLY BY THE PARTIES.
  (C) ALL MATTERS PRESENTED TO SUCH PANEL FOR ITS DETERMINATION SHALL BE
DECIDED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE PANEL. THE PANEL, PRIOR
TO A VOTE ON ANY ISSUE IN DISPUTE BEFORE IT, MAY REFER THE ISSUE BACK TO
THE PARTIES FOR FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS.
  (D)  SUCH  PANEL  SHALL  MAKE  A  JUST AND REASONABLE DETERMINATION OF
MATTERS IN DISPUTE. IN ARRIVING AT SUCH DETERMINATION, THE  PANEL  SHALL
SPECIFY  THE BASIS FOR ITS FINDINGS, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION, IN ADDI-
TION TO ANY OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS, THE FOLLOWING: (I) COMPARISON OF THE
WAGES, HOURS, FRINGE BENEFITS, CONDITIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF EMPLOY-
MENT OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN THE IMPASSE PROCEEDING WITH THE
WAGES, HOURS, FRINGE BENEFITS, CONDITIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF EMPLOY-
MENT OF OTHER EMPLOYEES PERFORMING  SIMILAR  WORK  AND  OTHER  EMPLOYEES
GENERALLY IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT IN NEW YORK CITY OR COMPARABLE
COMMUNITIES;  (II)  THE  OVERALL  COMPENSATION  PAID  TO  THE  EMPLOYEES
INVOLVED IN THE IMPASSE PROCEEDING, INCLUDING DIRECT WAGE  COMPENSATION,
OVERTIME  AND  PREMIUM  PAY, VACATIONS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER EXCUSED TIME,
INSURANCE, PENSIONS, MEDICAL  AND  HOSPITALIZATION  BENEFITS,  FOOD  AND
APPAREL  FURNISHED, AND ALL OTHER BENEFITS RECEIVED; (III) THE IMPACT OF
THE PANEL'S AWARD ON THE FINANCIAL ABILITY OF THE UNIFIED  COURT  SYSTEM
TO  PAY, ON THE PRESENT FARES AND ON THE CONTINUED PROVISION OF SERVICES
TO THE PUBLIC; (IV) CHANGES IN THE AVERAGE CONSUMER PRICES FOR GOODS AND
SERVICES, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE COST OF LIVING;  (V)  THE  INTEREST  AND
WELFARE  OF  THE PUBLIC; AND (VI) SUCH OTHER FACTORS AS ARE NORMALLY AND
CUSTOMARILY CONSIDERED IN THE  DETERMINATION  OF  WAGES,  HOURS,  FRINGE
BENEFITS  AND  OTHER  WORKING  CONDITIONS  IN COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS OR
IMPASSE PANEL PROCEEDINGS.
  (E) THE PANEL SHALL HAVE FULL AUTHORITY  TO  RESOLVE  THE  MATTERS  IN
DISPUTE  BEFORE  IT  AND  ISSUE A DETERMINATION WHICH SHALL BE FINAL AND
BINDING UPON THE PARTIES, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER  PROVISION  OF  THIS
ARTICLE.  EXCEPT FOR THE PURPOSES OF JUDICIAL REVIEW, ANY PROVISION OF A
DETERMINATION  OF  THE  ARBITRATION  PANEL,  THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WHICH
REQUIRES AN ENACTMENT OF LAW, SHALL NOT BECOME BINDING UNTIL THE  APPRO-
PRIATE LEGISLATIVE BODY ENACTS SUCH LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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