Labor History: Taylor Law Conference to Mark 50th Anniversary


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Public Worker Strikes in New YorkThe Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has announced a two-day conference to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law, the law that grants public employees in New York State the right to collectively bargain with their employers while prohibiting strikes.

The conference will be held from May 10-11, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.

Passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the Taylor Law became effective September 1, 1967, and served as one of the first comprehensive labor relations laws for public employees in the nation, guaranteeing the right of public employees to union representation and collective bargaining – whether employed by the State, or by counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, public authorities or certain special service districts.

The 50th anniversary conference will feature presentations by practitioners and scholars to illustrate the Taylor Law’s influence on New York State public sector labor-management relations, examine and assess areas where the Law’s effectiveness has evolved, and document and analyze emerging and alternative legal and public policy models and frameworks.

The conference will include a plenary session discussing the potential legal and legislative ramifications of Janus v. AFSCME, along with keynote addresses from Professor Harry Katz of Cornell University and Professor Cynthia Estlund of the New York University School of Law.

Other plenary sessions will discuss:

  • The Taylor Law in Context: National and International Comparisons
  • A Discussion with Former PERB Chairs reflecting on their time at PERB and the meaning of the Taylor Law
  • The Taylor Law and Impasse Procedure: Creative Resolution Despite Protraction

To view the full conference agenda, including information on presenters, click here.

To register for the conference, click here.

Additional information on the Taylor Law, the Public Employment Relations Board, and the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law can be found on the PERB website.

The conference is being held in partnership with the School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University and the New York State Bar Association.

Graph of Public Worker Strikes in New York courtesy NYS Public Employment Relations Board.

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