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Editorial: Bargaining Back in Style

Posted 3/17/14

What had become almost a quaint relic of the past—meaningful bargaining between the city and its labor unions—came galloping back into play last week.

The Municipal Labor Committee met with de Blasio administration officials led by Labor Commissioner Bob Linn to have their first discussion on ways to reduce health-benefit costs. MLC Chair Harry Nespoli noted the change in the negotiating climate after the hour-long meeting concluded by remarking that discussions with the previous administration on the subject wouldn’t have lasted nearly that long.

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