A party to a stipulation of settlement cannot withdraw from the stipulation on the basis that it had "improvidently"agreed to it
GOER subsequently moved to vacate the stipulation and the interim decision on the basis that GOER “it had failed to provide sufficient guidance to the impacted agencies to allow them to make a determination as to whether the employees in the subject positions served in a managerial or confidential capacity." This failure, said the State, resulted in certain employees being identified in the stipulation as PST unit employees although they, in fact, continued to perform duties that are appropriately deemed managerial or confidential within the meaning of the Taylor Law.
The same general principle applies with respect to collective bargaining agreements. In the Matter of the Arbitration between City of Plattsburgh and Plattsburgh Police Officers Union AFSCME Local 82, 250 AD2d 327, leave to appeal denied, 93 NY2d 803, the Appellate Division, in effect, held there is no judicial or quasi-judicial cure for “negotiator's remorse” should a party agree to a lawful contract provision in the course of collective bargaining and subsequently claim it agreed to the provision “by mistake.”
Another point to remember. From time to time a "position" may be referred to as a "managerial" or "confidential" position. However it is not the position in which an incumbent serves that determines the individual's "managerial" or "confidential" status. The relevant law clearly provides that “individuals” rather than “positions” are to be designated managerial or confidential, which designation is to be based on the nature of the duties being performed by the individual rather than on the basis of the “title” of the position in which the individual serves.
§201.7[a], in pertinent part, states that “Employees may be designated as managerial only if they are persons (i) who formulate policy or (ii) who may reasonably be required on behalf of the public employer to assist directly in the preparation for and conduct of collective negotiations or to have a major role in the administration of agreements or in personnel administration provided that such role is not of a routine or clerical nature and requires the exercise of independent judgment. Employees may be designated as confidential only if they are persons who assist and act in a confidential capacity to managerial employees described in clause (ii).”
§201.7[b] provides that “For the purposes of this article, assistant attorneys general, assistant district attorneys, and law school graduates employed in titles which promote to assistant district attorney upon admission to the bar of the state of New York shall be designated managerial employees, and confidential investigators employed in the department of law shall be designated confidential employees.”