NY Cop, Fire Unions Give Little Ground In Arbitration Deal

Law360, New York (June 20, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Legislation requiring arbitrators to give more weight to the ability of New York's cash-starved towns to afford police and fire union pay and benefit increases is a minor victory for local leaders, but the impact will be limited without a cap on awards or the ability to force negotiations when contracts expire, lawyers say.

Attorneys steeped in the state's binding arbitration process commented after Gov. Andrew Cuomo, backed by top legislative leaders in Albany, announced a bill that will create a new Financial Restructuring Board tasked...
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