Jul 20, 2018 | News Story

Guidance Outlines Rights of Public Sector Employers and Employees Regarding Collective Bargaining and Union Membership in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week directed the New York State Department of Labor to issue guidance on the recent Janus decision. On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 that overturned decades of established law related to a public sector union's right to collect agency fees from non-union members. New York employees and employers alike have had many questions about what has actually changed in the wake of this controversial decision. The guidance clarifies that the Janus decision did not change or affect many of the rights of employees and obligations of employers.

"The Supreme Court's Janus decision is a direct attack on organized labor, and as long as I am Governor of New York, we will do everything in our power to protect union members and support the labor movement," Governor Cuomo said. "This guidance will inform employers of their obligations and employees of their rights so they know they remain protected under state law." Read more.