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Public Sector Traditional Labor

For our clients in the public sector, Cullen and Dykman's Labor and Employment Department provides a full panoply of services in connection with both unionized and non-unionized employees. This includes advice on the legal methods of maintaing non-union status when employees are unrepresented, and helping employers conduct campaigns to their employees in proceedings and elections under the auspices of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) when a question concerning representation arises.

If employees elect union representation, a collective bargaining agreement must be negotiated. Since the inception of the Taylor Law, our attorneys have negotiated collective bargaining agreements for villages, school districts, and towns. We advise clients from the first formulation of their negotiating proposals, through negotiations and, if necessary, mediation, fact-finding, and interest arbitration. We are skilled in all facets of the contract arbitration process when issues involving contract interpretation arise.

We handle the entire spectrum of PERB proceedings, including all facets of improper practice proceedings and requests for injunctive relief.

We represent our clients in all types of disciplinary proceedings for municipalities, including disciplinary arbitrations, Civil Service Law section 75 proceedings, and Education Law section 3020-a proceedings. We help our clients from the outset of the investigatory process, through witness preparation, the selection of appropriate arbitrators, trial, and post-hearing briefs.

We have special experience with negotiations for police and fire departments, and the special legal issues which concern them, including disability proceedings under sections 207-a and 207-c of the General Municipal Law.