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September 12, 2013

Resolution of an impasse in collective bargaining may be referred to a financial restructuring board in lieu of referral to existing interest arbitration panel


Resolution of an impasse in collective bargaining may be referred to a financial restructuring board in lieu of referral to existing interest arbitration panel
Chapter 67 of the Laws of 2013

Chapter 67 of the Laws of 2013 amended the State Finance Law, the Local Finance Law and the Civil Service Law with respect to financial restructuring boards for local governments. In particular, the Chapter amends §209 of the Civil Service Law in relation to public arbitration panels determinations by adding a new subdivision 4-a and a new subdivision 6-a.

Karlee S. Bolaños, Esq., has addressed the impact of this legislation in the event a distressed municipality and union at impasse “jointly request” a financial restructuring board to resolve an impasse in collective bargaining in lieu referring the impasse to existing interest arbitration panels. 

The following are among the several issues considered by Ms. Bolaños in her article:

1. What are Financial Restructuring Boards and who will be members?

2. What is the role of the Financial Restructuring Board?

3. What is a fiscally eligible municipality?

4. How does interest arbitration come into play? and

5. To which agreements will the law apply?

Ms. Bolaños’ analysis and comments are posted on NYMuniBlog, a LawBlog maintained by the law firm of Harris Beach, PLLC as a public service at: http://nymuniblog.com/?p=3488

The Financial Restructuring Board for Local Government's web site is at:
http://www.frb.ny.gov/
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