Bill Text: NY S05052 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to salary adjustments according to plan and step-ups or increments.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-08-29 - SIGNED CHAP.209 [S05052 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S05052-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      April 4, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
        AN ACT to amend the  public  authorities  law,  in  relation  to  salary
          adjustments according to plan and step-ups or increments
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision  3  of  section  3669  of  the
     2  public  authorities  law, as amended by chapter 355 of the laws of 2018,
     3  is amended to read as follows:
     4    (a) During a control period, upon a finding by the  authority  that  a
     5  wage  freeze  is  essential  to  the adoption or maintenance of a county
     6  budget or a financial plan that is in compliance with  this  title,  the
     7  authority,  after  enactment  of  a resolution so finding, may declare a
     8  fiscal crisis. Upon making such a declaration, the  authority  shall  be
     9  empowered to order that all increases in salary or wages of employees of
    10  the county and employees of covered organizations which will take effect
    11  after  the  date  of  the order pursuant to collective bargaining agree-
    12  ments, other analogous contracts or interest arbitration awards, now  in
    13  existence  or hereafter entered into, requiring such salary increases as
    14  of any date thereafter are suspended. Such order may also  provide  that
    15  all increased payments for holiday and vacation differentials, and shift
    16  differentials  for  employees  of  the  county  and employees of covered
    17  organizations which will take effect after the date of the order  pursu-
    18  ant  to  collective  bargaining agreements, other analogous contracts or
    19  interest arbitration awards requiring such increased payments as of  any
    20  date  thereafter are, in the same manner, suspended. Such order may also
    21  provide that all increased payments for salary adjustments according  to
    22  plan  and  step-ups  or increments be suspended; provided, however, when
    23  (i) the county executive provides a four year financial plan approved by
    24  the county legislature pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision  two  of
    25  section  thirty-six  hundred sixty-seven of this title and the authority
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 5052                             2
     1  determines, pursuant to paragraph (b) of  such  subdivision,  that  such
     2  financial  plan is complete and complies with the standards set forth in
     3  such subdivision, and (ii) the authority makes a  certification  to  the
     4  county  setting  forth  revenue  estimates agreed to by the authority in
     5  accordance with such determination, the salary adjustments according  to
     6  plan and step-ups or increments, not including cost of living increases,
     7  shall  not  be  suspended for each year in which the four year financial
     8  plan has been certified. This [section] inability to suspend the  salary
     9  adjustments according to plan and step-ups or increments shall be appli-
    10  cable to county employees and employees of covered organizations, wheth-
    11  er or not they are covered by a collectively negotiated agreement, if an
    12  individual  employee  or members of an employee's bargaining unit previ-
    13  ously participated in a wage freeze implemented by the  authority  under
    14  this section and such wage freeze was subsequently lifted by the author-
    15  ity by the issuance of a resolution, pursuant to paragraph (b) or (c) of
    16  this subdivision [three of section thirty-six hundred sixty-nine of this
    17  title],  certifying  that  the  suspension of their wage increases or an
    18  agreement by the collective bargaining representative or by such  unrep-
    19  resented  employee was an acceptable and appropriate contribution toward
    20  alleviating the fiscal crisis of the county. Irrespective of  the  dura-
    21  tion of any approved or accepted four-year financial plan, for employees
    22  who  are  members  of  a  bargaining unit, this inability to suspend the
    23  salary adjustment according to plan and  step-ups  or  increments  shall
    24  take  effect  October first, two thousand sixteen and shall be in effect
    25  for employees for the duration of the next collective bargaining  agree-
    26  ment succeeding either (i) the collective bargaining agreement in effect
    27  on  November  sixth,  two  thousand  eighteen  or (ii) the most recently
    28  expired collective bargaining agreement prior  to  November  sixth,  two
    29  thousand  eighteen;  whichever  is later.   If the succeeding collective
    30  bargaining agreement's duration is modified, extended, or renewed,  this
    31  modification,  extension or renewal does not modify, extend or renew the
    32  term of the inability to suspend salary adjustments  according  to  plan
    33  and  step-ups  or  increments.  For  employees  who are not members of a
    34  bargaining unit, this inability to suspend the salary adjustment accord-
    35  ing to plan and step-ups or increments shall be effective October first,
    36  two thousand sixteen through December first,  two  thousand  twenty-one.
    37  For the purposes of computing the pension base of retirement allowances,
    38  any  suspended salary or wage increases and any suspended other payments
    39  shall not be considered as part of compensation or final compensation or
    40  of annual salary earned or earnable. The  suspensions  authorized  here-
    41  under  shall continue until one year after the date of the order and, to
    42  the extent of any determination of the authority that a continuation  of
    43  such  suspensions, to a date specified by the authority, is necessary in
    44  order to achieve the objectives of the financial plan, such  suspensions
    45  shall  be  continued  to the date specified by the authority, which date
    46  shall in no event be later than the end of the interim  finance  period,
    47  provided that such suspensions shall terminate with respect to employees
    48  who  have  agreed  to  a  deferral  of  salary or wage increase upon the
    49  certification of the agreement by the authority  pursuant  to  paragraph
    50  (b) of this subdivision.
    51    §  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
    52  manner as chapter 355 of the laws of 2018, takes effect.