Town Must Bargain With Firefighters’ Union Over Termination Policy – N.Y. Top Court

Public-sector employers in New York must bargain with unions over the process for terminating the employment of workers who are injured in the line of duty and are unable to return a year later, the state’s highest court held Tuesday.

While a New York statute expressly authorizes those terminations, it does not exempt termination procedures from a separate law that establishes “the ‘strong and sweeping’ public policy in favor of collective bargaining in this state,” Court of Appeals Judge Shirley Troutman wrote for the unanimous top court.

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