Dennis Quirk doesn’t like it, but he thinks upcoming contract talks with the state court system could result in a wage freeze for his Court Officers and other union employees. But he won’t accept furloughs, which were part of the deal ratified by the largest state-employee union to avert thousands of layoffs, or increased health costs. “Over my dead body,” he said in a recent interview.
Mr. Quirk, president of the New York State Court Officers Association for more than 30 years, said he is not alone in feeling this way. He is part of a bargaining coalition with several other unions among the 12 that represent the court system’s 15,000 non-judicial employees, and he said the unions in his group are united on this.