Sean P. Beiter Quoted on Stalled City, Police Union Contract Negotiations in Buffalo

Sean P. Beiter Quoted on Stalled City, Police Union Contract Negotiations in Buffalo

July 3, 2020

Western New York’s WKBW turned to Goldberg Segalla’s Sean P. Beiter for expert analysis of the stalled contract negotiations between the city and its law enforcement union. The contract between the City of Buffalo and the Police Benevolent Association ended in June 2019. In the wake of protests against racism and police brutality in all major cities across the country, the stalled negotiations in Buffalo have garnered intense public scrutiny.

“There are some police unions that might decline the option of participating on a committee that structures police reform because they’re worried that might be seen as waiving as some of their collective bargaining rights,” Sean told WKBW.

Collective bargaining reform—at the level of the state legislature—is a prerequisite of meaningful law enforcement reform, Sean explained.

“If the government, the state legislature, passed a law that required all police officers in the state to wear body-worn cameras then it wouldn’t be the subject of bargaining anymore. That would be the type of brave collective bargaining reform I’m talking about,” he said.

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Sean, a partner based in Buffalo, is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor and Municipalities and Public Entities practices. Renowned in the area of traditional labor law—Sean is consistently ranked in Band 1 for Labor and Employment Law in Upstate New York by Chambers USA, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Buffalo Business First’s Who’s Who in the Law— focuses on counseling public- and private-sector employers in the development of comprehensive strategies and approaches for success in labor-management relationships and disputes. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration, grievance arbitration, and before the National Labor Relations Board and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. Sean has also represented many employers in numerous disciplinary procedures in various forums, mediations, contract dispute arbitrations, and in compulsory interest arbitration proceedings. He has represented employers during strikes, lockouts, and a myriad of picketing disputes.