NYS Legislature & Federal NLRB Going in Opposite Ways as to Union Employee Benefits and Non-Union Employee Rights

05.09.2017

As part of the recently passed 2017 New York State Budget, more union members in New York will now be able to deduct their dues on their state tax returns.  The deduction will save approximately 500,000 New York union workers about $70 a year, so it will cost the State around $35 million annually.

On the federal side, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected a request to allow non-union employees to exercise so-called Weingarten rights, which allow union employees to insist on having a representative present at any disciplinary meetings with management.  The NLRB had allowed non-union workers these Weingarten rights previously between 2000 and 2004, until its Decision in IBM Corp., where it decided that the non-union employers’ interests in prompt, efficient investigations/meetings outweighed the interests of the employees in having a representative present. 

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