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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

October 2002

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: What is the Taylor Law and what resources are available for research on this topic?

Answer: Formally titled the Public Employees' Fair Employment Act, this New York state law covering public employment relations was approved on April 21, 1967, effective September 1, 1967. It repealed Section 108 of the New York Civil Service Law, commonly referred to as the Condon-Wadlin Law. Under the law, public employees are prohibited from striking and penalties for violation are levied against the union and employees involved. The popular title of the law owes its origins to the commission appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller and chaired by George W. Taylor of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania.

From Roberts Dictionary of Industrial Relations, Harold S. Roberts, 4th ed., Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C., 1994. ILR Reference HD 4839 .R61

The Public Employment Relations Board was created to perform the functions mandated by the Taylor Law.

Full Text of the statute (N.Y. Civ. Serv. Law §§ 200-214, Article 14) is available at

If you are interested in other state collective bargaining laws, see the guide Public Sector Collective Bargaining Laws produced by AFSCME.

You may also consult the Labor Relations Reporter (v.4-4a, State Laws). Washington D.C.: Bureau of National Affairs. ILR Reference Labor Law HD 4802 .L12. This provides annotated texts and digests of laws and regulations adopted by the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia in the fields of labor relations and employment regulation. Available online to the ILR community only.

Publications about the Taylor Law are available from the NYS Public Employment Relations Board and can be found in the Catherwood Library.

— Researched by sac29