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May 30th Veto Messages

May 30th Veto Messages

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THE
CITY
OFNEW
YORK
OFFICEOFTHEMAYOR
NEWYORK,N.Y.10007
PATRICKA.WEHLE
DIREt:fOROFCI
rv
LEGISLATIVEAffAIRS
May30,20}2
MichaelMcSweeneyCityClerkoftheCouncil141WorthStreetNewYork,NY10013DearMr.McSweeney:TransmittedherewitharethebillsdisapprovedbytheMayor.Thebillsareasfollows:
IntroductoryNumber658-A
AlocallawtoamendtheadministrativecodeofthecityNewYork,inrelationtothewaiverofpublicemployeeorganizations'rightswhensubmittinggrievancestoarbitrationundertheNewYorkcitycollectivebargaininglaw.
IntroductoryNumber251-A
AlocallawtoamendtheadministrativecodeofthecityNewYork,inrelationtorequiringthepaymentofalivingwagetoemployeesemployedonpropertydevelopedbyrecipientsoftinancialassistanceforeconomicdevelopment.
Introductory~umber..J85-A
AlocallawtoamendtheNewYorkCitychater,inrelationtothe
evaluation
ofdepositorybanks.Sincerely,
&~
PatrickA.Wehlecc:HonorableChristineC.Quinn
 
THE
CITY
OF"NEWYORKOF"F"ICEOF"
TH
EMAYOR
NEWYORK,N.Y.10007
May30,2012Hon.MichaelMcSweeneyCityClerkandClerkoftheCouncil1-1-1WorthStreetNewYork.NY10013DearMr.McSweeney:PursuanttoSection37oftheNewYorkCityCharter.IherebydisapproveIntroductoryNumber658-A.whichwouldamendtheNewYorkCityCollectiveBargainingLaw"inrelationtothewaiverofpublicemployeeorganizations'rightswhensubmittinggrievancestoarbitrationundertheNewYorkcitycollectivebargaininglaw."ThisbillwouldallbuteliminatethelongstandingstatutorywaiverrequirementthatiscodifiedintheCity'sCollectiveBargainingLaw
found
in
§
12-312(d)oftheAdministrativeCode.In1967.theNewYorkCityCollectiveBargainingLawwasenactedasaresultofrecommendationsofaTripartiteCommitteeconsistingofrepresentativesofmunicipalunions,theCity,andimpartialmembersrepresentingthepublic.Itwasanhistoriccollaborationthatretlectedacarefullyanddelicatelystructuredstatutorycompromiseamongtheinterestsofthepublic,laborgroups.andCityagencies.Onecomponentofthishistoriclegislationwasarequirementthat.inorderforanemployeetoinvokethecontractualgrievancearbitrationbeforetheOfficeofCollectiveBargaining,awaivermustbetiledoftherighttoseekreviewoftheunderlyingdisputeinanyotherforum.Inotherwords,anemployeehasalwayshadachoiceofremediesandmayavailhimorherselfoftheusualstatutoryrightsorimpartialarbitration.butnotboth.ThiswastheoriginalunderstandingandintentofthewaiverrequirementatthetimeofthefirstenactmentoftheNewYorkCityCollectiveBargainingLaw.Inaccordancewiththissoundpolicy,thewaiverrequirementoftheNewYorkCityCollectiveBargainingLawhasremainedunchangedsincethelawwasenactedin1967.
It
isnoteworthythatovertime.courtshaverecognizedthatthewaiverisinapplicabletocivilrightsclaims.Now,however.IntroductoryNumber658-Aseekstoetfectivelyeliminatethewaiverrequirementbylimitingittocontractualclaimsonly.Thisamendmentwouldrendertheprovisionfunctionallymeaningless,andwouldpermitaunionoremployeetopursue
 
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simultaneouslyanarbitrationbasedonthecollectivebargainingagreementandacourtcasebasedonastatutoryorotherlegalclaimconcerningthesamedisputeandinterposingthesameissues.Thiswillinviteinconsistentdecisions,outcomesandorders,andwillresultinunnecessarylitigationandawasteofjudicialresources.Thelanguageoftheexistinglawdoesnotpreventanemployeeorunionfromexercisingtheirrespectiverightsineitherforum.
It
simplyrequiresthat,wheretheunderlyingdisputeisthesame,theemployeeorunionmakeachoicebetweenarbitrationandcourt.Thisstatutoryscheme
has
servedlaborunionsandCityemployerswellforthepastforty-fiveyearsandshouldnotbedisturbed.Fortheforegoingreasons,IherebydisapproveIntroductoryNumber658-A.Sincerely,
~R~~~
MichaelR.BloombergMayorCc:TheHonorableChristineC.Quinn
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