Triborough Amendment Repeal

Date: 2011

A. 10187 (Castelli)

Unshackle Upstate, a bi-partisan coalition of over 80+ business and trade organizations representing a growing group of 70,000 companies and employing more than 1.5 million people support the enactment of the aforementioned bill. This legislation would remove the requirement that a public employer continue terms of an expired agreement until a new agreement is negotiated with an employee organization, also known as the Triborough Amendment.

In 1982, the Triborough Amendment was added to the Taylor Law, which prohibits a public employer from altering any provision of an expired labor agreement until a new agreement is reached. New York is the only state in the nation to have such a requirement.

Last year, Unshackle Upstate released a report titled, "New York's Double Standard: How public employee pay and benefits have outpaced the private sector - and unique state laws are widening the gap." It takes issue with the Taylor Law and Triborough Amendment. Moreover, the report found that across Upstate New York, salaries for state and local government employees are 10 percent higher than the private-sector average and that New York leads the nation in per-capita contributions to public-employee retirement, at $486 per taxpayer for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

While A.10187 provides a mechanism that addresses needed reforms to the public workforce and would lead to substantial savings for the state, Unshackle Upstate has drafted and would prefer the legislation be amended to address the “ability to pay” under the Taylor Law and includes a repeal of the Triborough Amendment.

Unshackle Upstate supports the enactment of this legislation.