2008-01-18 / Community

Taylor Law Conference To Be Held

City, StateWorkers Invited To Attend

The 40th anniversary of the Taylor Law - the statute governing labor relations between unions and government in New York State - will be commemorated at a statewide conference in Albany this May.

The two-day conference, to be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on Thursday and Friday, May 15 -16, 2008, is sponsored by the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and co-sponsored by the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Jerome Lefkowitz, PERB's Chairman, participated in the original drafting of the Taylor Law, and will open the program with a commentary titled: "The Taylor Law and Public Sector Collective Bargaining Through the Years; the History and Future Direction of PERB and the Law." Several scholars will then present papers on various aspects of public sector labor relations, which will be responded to by leading representatives of labor and management.

Confirmed presenters include prominent Chicago labor attorney R. Theodore Clark, who will examine alternative statutory systems used in other jurisdictions; Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre, who will discuss the impact of recent Court of Appeals' decisions on Taylor Law issues; and Professor Thomas A. Kochan, co-director of MIT's Workplace Center and Institute for Work and Employment Research, who will exam the impact of compulsory interest arbitration and other impasse procedures on the bargaining process, updating the original "Kochan Report" he coauthored over thirty years ago.

A variety of interactive panel sessions, on topics dealing with health care challenges, retirement issues, pattern bargaining, collaborative enterprises, "Triborough" impact, strike penalties and others having broad appeal, will round out the program.

The program is designed to bring together labor negotiators, school superintendents, city, county, town and village officials, legislators, employee representatives, students and members of the general public having an interest in labor relations.

Persons interested in attending should contact the Cornell ILR office at (585) 262-4440 or PERB's Albany Office at (518) 457-2676.

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