Richard A. Curreri, Esq.
Professional Work History:
Director of Conciliation, New York State Public Employment Relations Board (1990-2012); Assistant Director of Conciliation, New York State Public Employment Relations Board (1985-90); Assistant Counsel, New York State Public Employment Relations Board (1976-85)
Dispute Resolution Experience
Responsible for the administration and implementation of Taylor Law dispute resolution procedures, including mediation, fact-finding and interest arbitration, applicable to the 4,000 collective bargaining units which exist at the State, local government and school district levels in New York. Administered a Voluntary Grievance Arbitration procedure that processed in excess of 1,000 requests annually, along with a Staff Grievance Med-Arb Program, and a variety of labor-management cooperative programs, including Labor-Management Committees, Interest Based Bargaining and Facilitated Intensive Negotiations. Personally mediated highest profile State, municipal, school district and public authority contract disputes throughout New York. Most notable and publicized of these efforts was role as head of the mediation team that intervened during the December, 2005 strike by 36,000 New York City transit workers; the team?s work was widely credited for quickly getting employees back on the job and settling a seemingly intractable dispute that was costing the City an estimated three hundred million dollars per day. Instrumental in settling strikes in a number of other major jurisdictions, including the Buffalo teachers in 1999 and Yonkers teachers in 2000. Defended and enforced PERB decisions and orders upon judicial review. Briefed and argued cases involving a broad range of labor law issues before all appellate level courts in the State, including the Court of Appeals. Served as administrative law judge, conducting hearings and writing decisions in improper practice cases.
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Served as instructor or trainer at dozens of training and public information programs jointly sponsored by Cornell and PERB, and at Cornell ILR's Dispute Resolution Practicum. Attended multi-day Cornell train the trainer programs concerning labor-management committees and interest-based bargaining.
Member, Board of Advisors, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University (2007- present); Former President, Association of Labor Relations Agencies; Member, NYS Bar Association Labor & Employment Law and Dispute Resolution Sections; Member, Capital District LERA; American Arbitration Association Labor panel; State of New York-NYSCOPBA Expedited Arbitration panel; New York State PERB grievance and interest arbitration panels; New York State PERB mediation and fact-finding panels
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University B.A., Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences
PER DIEM FEE: $1250 ADJOURNMENT FEE: $1250 if not within 14 calendar days