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April 09, 2009


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i wonder how much a politician would cost?




Perhaps you could explain how the management can unilaterally cancel the contract. I thought the whole point of a contract was to put binding obligations that could not be reneged upon without the consent of both/all parties. I find it hard to believe that the union would've agreed to a provision that would've allowed a unilateral cancellation. As a former union agitator :-), do you have any insight?

Bob Conner

Hi Brian: The TU couldn't cancel the contract while it remained in force, but I believe it expired last year after negotiations failed to produce a new one. NYS public employees got the Taylor Law passed years ago, which prevents them from striking but also means key provisions of labor contracts stay in force after the contract expires, which in effect means the contracts never expire. But that is emphatically not true in the private sector, where I was regularly surprised at how little protection workers had under labor laws. I favored a bill that never got passed in the 1990s that would have prevented companies hiring permanent replecements in strikes, i.e. prevent them from in effect firing strikers. I still think that's the key reform labor needs, but I don't think it's addressed in the current card-check bill, about which opponents have raised legitimate objections and on which I am neutral.


Thanks for the clarification.

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