LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 2018-2019 Session

Updated March 15, 2018


SUPPORT

Tenure/Multi-year Contracts

  • A-1450 sponsored by Assemblyman Benson (D-14)

Makes lecturer and specialist titles tenure-eligible positions, bars state colleges/universities from granting tenure upon hire to administrators and requires professional staff to received multi-year contracts after five years of service

Governance

  • S-1880,  sponsored by Assemblyman Diegnan (D-18)

Adds to two employees, chosen by campus unions, to all state college/university boards of trustees.  Employees would have full voting rights, except on personnel matters
Current status: Assembly Higher Education Committee

Tuition Assistance

  • S-814, sponsored by Senator Diegnan (D-18)

Expands the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program to part-time undergraduate students at the senior public colleges and universities
Current status:  Assembly Higher Education Committee
Fair Bargaining

  • A- TBA,   sponsored by Assemblyman Mukherji (D-33)

Prohibits State from implementing its last offer in negotiations.  Negotiations must continue under terms of expired contract until a new contract is negotiated  
Current status: Assembly Labor Committee
                           
Anti-Privatization

  • S- 1743, sponsored by Assemblywomen Weinberg (D-37)

 Requires that any privatization of public services not result in reduced services, increased costs or lower labor standards.  Gives public employee unions the opportunity to review the agency’s privatization proposal and present alternatives.     

Current status:  Senate Government Committee

Anti-Subcontracting

  • S-361, sponsored by Senator Ronald Rice (D-28)

Bans subcontracting by institutions of public higher education during the term of an existing collective negotiations agreement.  After expiration of such an agreement, the bill requires notice to and discussion with the union representing the affected employees before subcontracting may occur.

Current status:  Senate Education Committee

Workplace Democracy

  • S-2137, sponsored by Senator Stephen Sweeney (D-3)
  • A-3686, sponsored by Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19)

Grants public employee unions greater access to unit employees, including the right to meet with employees to discuss grievances, to meet with new hires, to conduct workplace meetings, to use employer e-mail systems to conduct union business, to receive from public employer the employees’ personal e-mail address and phone numbers, etc.

Prohibits public employer from encouraging employees to resign from union or revoke authorization for dues checkoff and limits period in which employee may revoke dues check off.

Current status:  Senate bill passed on March 26, 2018. Assembly Labor Committee voted it out of committee March 19, 2018.


OPPOSE

Three plus one

  • A-1890, sponsored by Assemblywoman Muoio (D-15)

Permits students to receive baccalaureate degrees after spending three years at a county college and one year at a senior institution

Current status:  Assembly Higher Education Committee

Repeal State-wide college/university bargaining

  • S-503, sponsored by Senator Kean (D-21)

Authorizes each board of trustees to our institutions to negotiate collective bargaining agreements on a campus by campus basis, thereby breaking up our state-wide bargaining unit. Removes those employees represented by CWA and IFPTE from the civil service system. 

Also removes remaining state college employees from civil service system.

Current status: Senate Higher Education Committee                    

Repeal of “no impasse law in K-12 and county college sector

  • A-516, sponsored by Assemblyman DiMiao (R-23)

Repeals the “no impasse” law that prohibits school boards and community college boards from imposing their last offer in contract negotiations

Further bars any fact finder or mediator designated by PERC to resolve an impasse in negotiations from recommending a contract settlement whose total economic package exceeds 2.5%
Current status:  Assembly Labor Committee                                     

Supplemental Compensation On Retirement (SCOR)

  • A-1851, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lampitt (D-6)

Eliminates (up to) $15,000 sick leave payout for retiring state employees, including our librarians and professional staff.  Substitutes $7,500 offset to increased cost of post-retirement health benefits.
           Current status: Assembly State Government Committee

  • A-179, sponsored by Assemblywoman Handlin  (R-13)
  • A-748 sponsored by Assemblyman McGuckin (R-10)

Harsher version of above bill—provides no offset and imposes penalties for violation of employer’s sick leave policies.  
Current status:  A-179 & A-748 in Assembly State Government Committee