assembly Bill A6109

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to preserving the ability of firefighters and police officers to negotiate disciplinary procedures

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to governmental employees
Feb 28, 2019 referred to governmental employees


A6109 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Civil Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§201 & 204-a, Civ Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A10736, S8270

A6109 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Preserves the ability of firefighters and police officers to negotiate disciplinary procedures.

A6109 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 28, 2019

Introduced by M. of A. ABBATE -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Governmental Employees

AN  ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to the negotiability
  of discipline affecting public employees


  Section  1.  Legislative  findings  and  declarations. The legislature
hereby finds, declares and reaffirms that  the  1967  Public  Employees'
Fair Employment Act establishes that the public policy of the state, and
the  purpose  of  the  act,  is  to  promote  harmonious and cooperative
relationships between government and its employees and  to  protect  the
public  by  assuring, at all times, the orderly and uninterrupted opera-
tion and functions of government. Included among  the  policies  adopted
was  the  requirement that the state, local governments, and other poli-
tical subdivisions negotiate and enter  into  agreements  with  employee
organizations  about  terms  and conditions of employment. Over the many
years subsequent to the enactment of  such  act,  the  negotiability  of
discipline,  including  disciplinary procedures, has been fully endorsed
by the public employment relations  board  and  disciplinary  procedures
have  been incorporated into collective bargaining agreements throughout
the state. The legislature now declares that this practice of  negotiat-
ing  fair  disciplinary  protections and procedures for public employees
must continue.
  A recent court of appeals' decision involving police officers  in  the
city of Schenectady has erroneously declared that the "public policy" of
the  state  is  to  prohibit  absolutely the negotiation of disciplinary
procedures in certain places where there exist legislative enactments on
the subject of discipline. The legislature declares a necessity for  the
enactment  of this act to ensure that discipline, including disciplinary
procedures, will continue as a mandatory subject of  collective  negoti-
ation, and that collective bargaining agreements addressing that subject

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