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Friday, April 13, 2018
Governor Cuomo Rescues The Unions From Janus
The New York State budget supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo has tucked away in it two new pro union items. First and foremost is the right for the union to eliminate union benefits, other than salary and basic health benefits from members who "opt out" paying union dues. You can read it Here
For example for teachers the disciplinary 3020-a hearings for educators will require the educator to pay for private lawyers rather than be represented by NYSUT attorneys. Moreover, welfare benefits can be withheld, depending if it's contractual. Finally, internal investigations might require the educator to hire a private lawyer to represent them rather than be supplied by a union official when interviewed by investigators.
The other item tucked into the budget is that union dues are fully deductible by the State. Obviously Governor Cuomo is appealing for union support and wants to put in the past his pro charter school stance, the underfunded .education budget, and the punitive teacher evaluation system he rammed through despite teacher opposition. Let's not forget his support for education deformer John King as NYSED Chancellor. Once he is reelected look for the Governor to change his pro union position once again.
I guess most of us will still be paying union dues even after the Janus decision.