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Albany Strengthens Union Protections Ahead of Janus

Friday, April 13, 2018
Thanks to the efforts of unions like the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, labor organizations throughout New York State won a major preemptive victory in the battle over the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Case, which, funded by corporate billionaires, seeks to undermine unions and drain them of their resources. This was an attack on you and your voice in the work place. Just as we always do whenever threats to your rights and benefits emerge, Suffolk AME mobilized to protect our members, their families, and our ability to work together in solidarity.
While the Supreme Court is not expected to make a ruling on the case until June, Suffolk AME was successful in lending our efforts to make critical legislative changes to the State's Taylor Law that will help public employee unions retain their strength and stave off the devastating effects a ruling in Janus's favor could yield against you.
AME, through working with our attorneys and State lobbyists, once again demonstrated its leadership in the labor community as we played a pivotal role in these amendments and ensuring their passage. I was honored to be present and stand with New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon as Governor Cuomo signed these Taylor Law Amendments into law.
Highlights of the new amendments to the Taylor Law include:
  1. Dues deductions shall be commenced as soon as possible, but no later than thirty days after the dues deduction cards are signed.


  2. Within the first 30 days of employment or reemployment of an individual, the employer shall notify your union of the hiring, transfer or assignment into the bargaining unit.

  3. Within 30 days of receiving notice from the employer of the hiring, your union shall have a meeting with the employee for a reasonable amount of time during work time without charge to leave credits, unless directed otherwise by the collective bargaining agreement

  4. If you leave employment for no more than one year, your dues deduction card remains valid.

  5. If you are removed from the payroll or placed on voluntary or involuntary leave of absence, whether paid or not, your union membership remains upon restoration to active service.

  6. If a union member wishes to withdraw from AME, it must be in conformance with the language on the deduction card.

  7. For purposes of AME's duty to fairly represent a non-dues paying member, AME shall not be obligated to represent the person in any investigation of employee misconduct, evaluation, grievances, arbitration or any other contractual process concerning evaluation or discipline.

  8. AME shall only represent the non-dues paying member as it relates to the negotiation of terms of a collective bargaining agreement or enforcement of same.