Pennsylvania Deputies Are ‘Police’ For Bargaining Purposes

Pennsylvania’s basic public safety collective bargaining law is known as Act 111. Act 111 grants to “police officers” and firefighters the right to binding interest arbitration in the event that negotiations fail to produce a voluntary agreement. When the Allegheny County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association sought Act 111 rights for the County’s deputy sheriffs, the matter wound up before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. A divided court sided with the Association…

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New York Court Finds No Weingarten Rights Exist Under State Law

In a case that will likely have less impact than would ordinarily seem to be the case, New York’s highest court has held that Weingarten rights do not exist by function of state collective bargaining law. In a case involving the New York City Transit Authority, the Court drew a distinction between the National Labor Relations Act and New York’s bargaining law, known as the Taylor Law. The Court…

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