Thursday, March 27, 2008
Bill Herbert, Deputy Chair and Counsel of PERB writes to inform us of the following:
On May 15 and 16, 2008, there will be a conference held in Albany, New York commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Taylor Law - the statute governing labor relations between unions and government in New York State. The conference will be held at the Desmond Hotel. It is being 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, who participated in the original drafting of the law, will open the program with a commentary entitled: “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 both labor and management. Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre, will make a presentation on the impact of New York Court of Appeals’ decisions on Taylor Law issues; MIT Professor Thomas A. Kochan, co-director of the Workplace Center and Institute for Work and Employment Research, will examine the impact of compulsory interest arbitration and other impasse procedures on the bargaining process, updating the original “Kochan Report” he co-authored over thirty years ago. Chicago labor attorney R. Theodore Clark, will examine alternative statutory systems used in other jurisdictions. New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse will be moderating an after dinner panel discussion with public sector officials and labor representatives. The program will conclude with a presentation by Cornell ILR Dean Harry C. Katz entitled “looking Ahead: Drawing On Lessons Learned, What Does the Future Hold for Public Sector Labor Relations in New York State.”
A copy of the full program is available here Download TL_40th_Program_-_3-26-08.pdf.
This looks like a wonderful program. I know most of the speakers. The speakers are a combination of professors, union lawyers and management lawyers. If your looking for a public sector conference in New York, this is "the" conference to attend.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein