BREAKING NEWS: NYS Supreme Court Justice Smith Favorably Ruled for Yonkers Firefighters Local 628 with Respect to General Municipal Law 207-a Procedure

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Barry McGoey, I.A.F.F. – Local 628 President.

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 8, 2014 — Justice Mary Smith, New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County recently ruled favorably for Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein client Yonkers Firefighters Local 628 regarding their collective bargaining agreement and health/retirement benefits pursuant to a negotiated General Municipal Law 207-a Procedure.

Background: Yonkers firefighters work pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement which expired in June 30, 2009. The agreement includes a negotiated General Municipal Law section 207-a Procedure that, “the City and the Union agree that they will not alter or revoke any benefits or other provisions heretofore negotiated…” In September 2013, the union filed a grievance on behalf of retired firefighter Kevin McGrath that Mr. McGrath should NOT have to file an application for GML 207a benefits based on the collective bargaining agreement. The City disagreed.

The Union argued: the agreement states the Union is the exclusive bargaining agent for all firefighters and that does not exclude those firefighters who retire during the life of the agreement; the collective bargaining agreement applies to all GML-207a benefits; and the Citys demand that the retired firefighter file a new application for supplemental benefits under 207-a(2) is a change in practice; and lastly whether the negotiated GML 207a benefits clause applies to benefits under 207a(2) is appropriate for arbitration.

Justice Smith has ordered that the  "…this Court necessarily finds that there is a reasonable relationship between the subject dispute as to whether a retired firefighter is entitled to receive GML 207-a(2) benefits and the general subject matter of the CBA, and thus arbitration of the subject grievance is required." 

SOURCE: Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein

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  1. PBA needs Barry

    Barry please come to our next PBA meeting, Keith needs some guidance on how to lead like a professional should, and possibly give him some pointers on how to negotiate contracts.one more thing is the fire dept. Looking for applicants thinking about it???

  2. Wale

    Didn’t the ruling say the issue had to go to arbitration? Wouldn’t that be a decision for HR and Corp. Counsel? Doesn’t Judge Smith live in Yonkers??

  3. News? What news........

    Hey City Hall Agenda:
    Snooze 12 and the Urinal News have an ongoing love fest with the Democrats! Have you not figured that out yet?
    Good luck trying to post an articulate, logical, rebuttal to any one of their fluff misinformation articles.
    They just delete them.
    It has happened to me sooooo many times that I do not even bother posting any longer!
    There is an expression I learned:
    “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!”
    I’ll bet you my bottom dollar that the stories about a Republican would be laced with much venom!
    Please note: I believe both parties to be corrupt, self serving, useless, and maniacal at best!
    I’m just throwing that out there!

  4. News? What news........

    Hey City Hall Agenda:
    Snooze 12 and the Urinal News have an ongoing love fest with the Democrats! Have you not figured that out yet?
    Good luck trying to post an articulate, logical, rebuttal to any one of their fluff misinformation articles.
    They just delete them.
    It has happened to me sooooo many times that I do not even bother posting any longer!
    There is an expression I learned:
    “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!”
    I’ll bet you my bottom dollar that the stories about a Republican would be laced with much venom!
    Please note: I believe both parties to be corrupt, self serving, useless, and maniacal at best!
    I’m just throwing that out there!

  5. News? What news........

    Hey City Hall Agenda:
    Snooze 12 and the Urinal News have an ongoing love fest with the Democrats! Have you not figured that out yet?
    Good luck trying to post an articulate, logical, rebuttal to any one of their fluff misinformation articles.
    They just delete them.
    It has happened to me sooooo many times that I do not even bother posting any longer!
    There is an expression I learned:
    “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!”
    I’ll bet you my bottom dollar that the stories about a Republican would be laced with much venom!
    Please note: I believe both parties to be corrupt, self serving, useless, and maniacal at best!
    I’m just throwing that out there!

  6. I lost count!

    How many times has the city been in court against the YFD?
    I think 5 or 6 times now since Spano got to wear the crown!
    Here’s a piece of news for you citizen/taxpaying suckers in Yonkers:
    EVERY TIME THE CITY WENT AGAINST THE YFD, THE CITY LOST!
    What a waste of my hard earned taxpayer money!!!!!
    Hezi, get this information out! Spano is constantly trying to break COY’s contractual obligations at the expense of the firefighters as well as the taxpayers!
    Sue Gerry should be arrested for her actions especially since she is an attorney and she knows the law! This fact does not stop her in her vain attempts to circumvent contractual law.
    She plainly does not give a crap and clearly, she is taking her marching orders from that other pile of donkey dung, Cuomo!
    This is nothing but Cuomo’s attempt to bust the New York unions in order for us to live in his Agenda 21 Nanny State where everyone is equal. Good grief!
    When will the good people of this state realize we are being led to the slaughter house?
    Good for you Barry, good for you!
    Keep the fire at their feet (pun intended!)

  7. Can i bring Barry?

    I just would like to have Barry as a guest speaker at our monthly PBA meeting and show our president how to negotiate and work for the members benefit not his own.

  8. CongradualationsYFP

    Barry is the man, and we know he truly is a man of his word, with much integrity. Hence, the idea that Barry and the YFD should not take another union president’s statement personal is some what unacceptable because the fact is, that no leader should set the tone of animosity. Remarks of such should not be easily swallowed pure and simple. Congratulations to the YFD for sticking together, and standing shoulder to shoulder, something that the YPD needs to get back like under the Cola days. They also need a new leader. God Bless

  9. Yeah Keith Olson

    Yeah Keith, f—k Barry. No Keith your a 12 grade fool that screwed his members because you wanted your seat. You stupid fool, you sold them out for what??? When you go up to your girlfriend precinct, don’t stop by Engine 9, because they will serve you rat poison. BIGGEST LOSER

  10. isoldmyunionout

    I can’t believe this ruling for the Firefighters. You know how long I worked on my contract? Four days. I sold it in four days..This is not helping me. I better get just one table at this year’s annual loser dinner. Ba. Ha. Ba. Ha

  11. YO

    This all comes from Albany, Gerry, Coumo, same brain. Break the unions because it’s all their fault anyhow and then continue to raid the pension funds. Billions of dollars that the politicians want!!!

  12. Question

    Barry I have 4 years on im thinking about going to the fire dept,I just cant take this creep keith anymore, any openings??

  13. Barry is the man

    congratulations Barry you always was a good leader, please teach keith olson how to lead a union!!!! I know you heard he mother fucked you a few days ago but don’t take it personal he is under much pressure from his members God bless YFD!!!!

  14. CityHallAgenda

    News12 got a call to silence any and all news regarding the YFD and the city. I guess even their skewed information gathering was evident the city has been double-talking.

  15. CityHallAgenda

    Amazing how the courts have upheld the YFD contract, yet City Hall continues to go against it.
    Yet, City Hall won’t put any effort into holding big enterprise to its legal agreements, ex. RidgeHill.
    Agendas…agendas….agendas!!!!!!!

  16. Truck3

    Guys let’s accept our victory without resorting to putting anyone down here. We’ll thank Barry in person.
    Great job Barry!

  17. YFD Bravest Rules

    Thank you Barry for standing up for Yonkers Bravest! You have our full support, we ALL know you’ll never sell us out (wink) like someone we won’t mention.

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