Negotiating disciplinary procedures for City of Schenectady police officers held a prohibited subject of collective bargaining
The Appellate Division opined that the Taylor Law mandates that disciplinary procedures for all public employees be the subject of good faith collective bargaining, commenting that “courts have long recognized the 'strong and sweeping policy of the State to support collective bargaining under the Taylor Law." The Appellate Division then ruled that "the presumption is that all terms and conditions of employment are subject to mandatory bargaining" [City of Schenectady v New York State Pub. Empl. Relations Bd., 136 AD3d 108].
Schenectady challenged the Appellate Division ruling and appealed the matter to the Court of Appeals. NYPPL summarized* the issue presented in Schenectady's appeal of the Appellate Division's decision to the Court of Appeals.
The Court of Appeals framed the issue before it as "Schenectady asks us to reverse the holding of the Appellate Division that the relevant provisions of the Second Class Cities Law were superseded by the enactment of the Taylor Law and thus collective bargaining applies to police discipline in Schenectady."