Respecting the Utility Workforce at NYPA

Date Posted: 
Monday, March 19, 2018

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed SB 3377, a bill about binding arbitration at NYPA. This bill had the support of the Utility Labor Council and we are dismayed at the Governor's reasoning for vetoing the bill. In his reasoning he states that since the NYPA workforce can not strike and since many roles are now automated, the employees do not need the right to binding arbitration. This thinking minimizes the hard work of our IBEW members at NYPA. It also allows management to drag out contract negotiations, effectively limiting our unions bargaining strength with NYPA. We would urge the Senate and the Assembly to once again pass this bill and we urge Governor Cuomo to reconsider his veto.

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