As expected, Unions have fiercely fought any attempt to repeal the Triborough Amendment, frequently asserting that the Triborough Amendment was a quid pro quo enacted to make up for outlawing public sector strikes. Not so! It was President Reagan’s’ 1981 dismissal and replacement of striking air traffic controllers and a prolonged economic boom that swelled government tax coffers that enabled local governments to appease unions which led to a decrease in public sector strikes.
Revisionist history, Fred. The Taylor Law (1967) allowed public sector employees to unionize and gave them the right to collectively bargain. It ALSO prohibited them from striking. However, one weakness of the Taylor Law was that it still allowed public employers to unilaterally alter or eliminate many contractual benefits while attempting to negotiate/settle a successor agreement. It gave employers too much power, and as a result they had very little motivation to negotiate in good faith.
The Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law erased public employers power to alter contractual benefits while negotiating a new agreement. It gives employers the motivation to negotiate fairly. And believe me, the rights given by the Triborough Amendment are ones that no public employee wants to use. We (yes, I am a public employee) always prefer to be IN contract and not have to worry about negotiations/etc.
Look around you, Fred. The public unions of today are NOT what they were 25 years ago! They are far more reasonable and sensitive to the current economic climate. We adapt!