Court Limits Public Workers' Union Rights

Law360, New York (February 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Public employees in New York State do not have the same rights to union representation as do private workers when being investigated for misconduct, the state’s top court has found.

The New York State Court of Appeals found in a 4 to 2 decision on Tuesday that public workers are not entitled to have a union representative sit with them during an “investigatory interview.”

The case hinged on the difference between the federal National Labor Relations Act and the state Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act, commonly...
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