Being part of a union can be a positive and beneficial experience for some employees in New York. Union members are afforded certain employee benefits, and these benefits are protected by the employee's membership within the union. One of these benefits is collective bargaining. Whether an employee seeks to negotiate wage, hours, or other work condition details, this process helps union member negotiate a fair and workable agreement.
Based on recent reports, the city of New York is currently negotiating contracts with municipal unions. During this process, Bill Linn, the city's director of labor relations is seeking to get ahead of the game. Linn noticed that there were no current labor agreements set in place when Mayor Bill Blasio took office in 2014, but as of now nearly the entire workforce has a labor agreement.