12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage

May 21, 2014

This report highlights the reasons for the surprisingly high cost of this essential service, including inefficiencies that the City should address in its upcoming negotiations with sanitation workers.

Report: 12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage
Press Release

No Contract Does Not Mean No Raises

Apr 07, 2014
The fact that the entire unionized New York City municipal workforce is working under expired contracts is a big problem, but it does not mean that all municipal workers have gone without raises since their contracts expired.

City Government Needs to Attract Younger Workers

Feb 19, 2014
A recent report, made available online by the New York City Independent Budget Office, offers important insights into New York City’s municipal workforce. The workforce is aging, with more than -one-third eligible for retirement by 2017. City leaders need to think boldly about how best to reconfigure the City’s compensation and hiring practices to attract a young and skilled workforce in coming years.

7 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Municipal Labor Contracts

May 20, 2013

Municipal government is the largest employer in New York City, employing almost 300,000 people to provide the services on which businesses, residents and visitors rely. This is an expensive enterprise: personnel costs, including salaries, health insurance and pensions, make up more than half of the City of New York’s $72 billion budget.

The Next Mayor's Biggest Challenge

May 20, 2013

As the New York City mayor's race builds momentum, candidates are discussing a wide range of issues -- but not how they would tackle the biggest challenge the next mayor will certainly face: negotiating municipal labor contracts.

Finding a Better Way on Labor Bargaining

May 19, 2013

Taxpayers are at a disadvantage in collective bargaining with police and firefighter unions in New York state because of the way binding arbitration is done. The culprits are provisions of a statute, known as the Taylor Law, that expire July 1.

Reining in New York City's Skyrocketing Health Insurance Costs

Apr 18, 2013

The growing cost of health insurance for city employees and retirees has to be brought under control. The City's employee unions, whose contracts have expired, may prefer to wait and negotiate with the next mayor, but the election won't change the fiscal reality: the City's share of health insurance premiums for city workers and retirees is high in comparison to norms in the private and public sectors.

Letters to the State Comptroller and NYSTRS on the Governor's "Fixed Rate" Pension Contribution Plan

Feb 25, 2013

I am writing to share the views of the Citizens Budget Commission on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow local governments to opt into a “fixed rate” contribution plan to fund their public employee pension obligations. We believe this proposal would endanger the future financial viability of the pension plans and recommend you reject it.

Letter to the Comptroller
Letter to NYSTRS

A Busy Day in Albany

Feb 20, 2013
On February 13th, lawmakers in the New York State Assembly had a busy day: they introduced eight bills enhancing the pension benefits of public employees and retirees. These bills would add at least $1.35 billion in costs to State and local employers.

City Workers, Pay Your Share

Feb 04, 2013

The cost of health insurance for New York City public employees and retirees is projected to grow by almost 40% by 2016 — rising to nearly $7 billion a year. That growth will amount to $1.5 billion of the $1.9 billion budget deficit projected for 2016.

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