Before the end of the budget break both the Senate and Assembly were poised to consider the “Responsible Collective Negotiations Act” (S-3810/A-5862). This fast-tracked legislation would effectively subject to negotiations the entire list of subjects that are inherent managerial prerogatives based on 50 years of PERC law. Fortunately, thanks to the outpouring of opposition from municipal and county officials, the bills were held. But they could return for the “lame duck” session later this year.
We understand that several mayors have been directly contacted by public unions pushing this legislation touting the benefits it would have to local governments. We strongly disagree. While S-3810/A-5862, as amended, does make all terms and conditions of employment permissive subjects of negotiations, we object to the unintended consequences of this proposal.
Please see our June 23 Legislative Alert detailing the concerns and objections to these bills.
We also ask you to consider adopting the sample resolution opposing S-3810/A-5862.