Court of Appeals Rejects a Union Attack on Pension Relief for Public Employers

July 31, 2013

By: Christopher T. Kurtz and

Posted with permission, Talk of the Towns & Topics, Association of Towns of the State of New York, 2013

In a recent decision of statewide applicability to public employers with unionized members of the Police and Fire Retirement System (“PFRS”), the State of New York Court of Appeals (“court”) addressed the issue of whether the City of Yonkers’ (the “city”) refusal to pay or reimburse new employees for their statutorily required Tier V pension contributions was arbitrable. The city, which was represented by Terry O’Neil and Chris Kurtz, members/partners in Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Garden City (L.I.) office, received a ruling in its favor.