New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board

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CURRENT FUNCTIONS. The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) is responsible for assisting in resolving labor-relations disputes between public-employee organizations and agencies of State and local government and school districts. PERB provides mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration services in disputes over contract agreements; it settles questions of union representation; and it hears charges of improper practices by public employers, employees, and employee organizations.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY. During the first half of the twentieth century, public-employee organizations were established to seek job security and other benefits for government employees. Although strikes by public employees were proscribed by common law, a series of municipal employee strikes after World War II led to enactment of the Condon-Wadlin Act in 1947 (Chapter 391), establishing penalties for striking public employees. Three years later an executive order was issued that guaranteed State employees the right to join employee organizations and created a grievance procedure.

In the early 1960s the continuing incidence of government labor-management confrontation and the concomitant growing labor activity among school teachers, especially in New York City, demonstrated the need for systematic conciliation and employee representation procedures. However it was not until 1967 (Chapter 392) that the Public Employees' Fair Employment Act (also known as the Taylor Law) was enacted. This law continued the prohibition against strikes by public employees and included penalties, granted public employees the right of organization and representation, imposed upon public employers the duty to recognize and negotiate with employee organizations, required them to enter into written agreements with unions, and created the Public Employment Relations Board to resolve disputes.

The board, which consists of three gubernatorial appointees, is placed administratively within the Department of Civil Service but is not subject to its control. The board appoints an executive director and appropriate staff to carry out its business.

From the description of Public Employment Relations Board Agency History Record. (New York State Archives). WorldCat record id: 82061989

During the first half of the twentieth century, public-employee organizations were established to seek job security and other benefits for government employees. Although strikes by public employees were proscribed by common law, a series of municipal employee strikes after World War II led to enactment of the Condon-Wadlin Act in 1947 (Chapter 391), establishing penalties for striking public employees. Three years later an executive order was issued that guaranteed State employees the right to join employee organizations and created a grievance procedure.

In the early 1960s the continuing incidence of government labor-management confrontation and the concomitant growing labor activity among school teachers, especially in New York City, demonstrated the need for systematic conciliation and employee representation procedures. However it was not until 1967 (Chapter 392) that the Public Employees' Fair Employment Act (also known as the Taylor Law) was enacted. This law continued the prohibition against strikes by public employees and included penalties, granted public employees the right of organization and representation, imposed upon public employers the duty to recognize and negotiate with employee organizations, required them to enter into written agreements with unions, and created the Public Employment Relations Board to resolve disputes.

The board, which consists of three gubernatorial appointees, is placed administratively within the Department of Civil Service but is not subject to its control. The board appoints an executive director and appropriate staff to carry out its business.

From the New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY. Agency record NYSV86-A359

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referencedIn Osterman, Melvin H., 1934-. Osterman, Melvin. Files. Cornell University Library
referencedIn New York State. Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Statewide Conference. Proceedings. May 15-16, 2008. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Joel Shufro Papers, 1971-1977 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Tompkins-Cortland Labor Coalition. Tompkins Cortland Labor Coalition. Files, 1970-2003. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. David Lawrence Cole. Series 2, Subseries 3. New York State Governor's Committee on Public Employee Relations files, 1966-1969. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Shufro, Joel. Records, 1971-1977, 1972-1976 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board. New York (State) Public Employment Relations Board. Agreements. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Carey, Philip A. Papers, [ca. 1940-1984] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf State of New York. Public Employment Relations Board. Agreements. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Bakke, E. Wight (Edward Wight), 1903-. E. Wight Bakke papers, 1929-1971, 1945-1970 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Tompkins-Cortland Labor Coalition. Tompkins Cortland Labor Coalition. Publications, 1986-1996. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Archives Organization File, 1875-1986, pt.2. Cornell University Library
creatorOf New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board. Index to case files and transcripts, [ca. 1967-1982] New York State Archives
creatorOf New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board. New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board. Harold Newman files, 1965-2002. Cornell University Library
creatorOf New York (State). Public Employment Relations Board. Public Employment Relations Board Agency History Record. New York State Archives
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associatedWith Bakke, E. Wight (Edward Wight), 1903- person
associatedWith Carey, Philip A. person
associatedWith Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. person
associatedWith Osterman, Melvin H., 1934- person
associatedWith Shufro, Joel. person
associatedWith Tompkins-Cortland Labor Coalition. corporateBody
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New York (State)
New York (State)
New York (State)
New York (State)
Subject
Strikes and lockouts
Collective bargaining--Government employees
Collective bargaining--Government employees--New York (State)
Strikes and lockouts--Civil service
New York (State)--Officials and employees
Employee- management relations in government
Government employee unions
Industrial relations
Labor disputes
Arbitration, Industrial
Unfair labor practice
Civil service
Employee-management relations in government--Law and legislation
Collective bargaining
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Managing industrial relations
Indexing
labor

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