Court Employees' Unions Are Resigned to Delayed Contract

, New York Law Journal


Although many of the court system's non-judicial employees are frustrated after working 2 1/2 years without a contract, their unions' leaders don't expect a new agreement to be reached anytime soon.

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  • stobey

    No contract for hard working court employees, yet court administrators continue to give away millions of dollars in budgeted judiciary funds to outside, civil legal services groups who allegedly provide civil legal services to the "poor". It is clear that the judiciary has no business providing for the poor as that task is constitutionally vested solely in the legislature.

    Last year's payout to these civil legal services groups was $40 million dollars, an increase of $15 million over the year before. That’s a 60% increase, which is unheard of in good times and obviously incredible “in these hard economic times”. Meanwhile, court employees sit without pay increases and diminished benefits for the third straight year while the cost of living soars. Just think how far $40 million dollars would go in providing even a modest pay increase and/or in returning clerical and court room staffing levels to those prior to the "financial crisis".

    So while the judiciary continues to annually dole out ever increasing monetary gifts to outside advocacy groups, the courthouse workforce must sit quietly and wait until administration officials charged with contract negotiations see an improvement in the financial climate. After all, the Triborough Amendment is largely considered generous enough and the unions seem fearful of losing it in light of public calls to repeal it.

    There is something terribly wrong with this picture. Why union leaders and court administrators don't see this is even worse.

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