New York State Court of Appeals
Vacating an Arbitration Award
Conflict of Law
City of Oswego v. Oswego City Firefighters Association, Local 2707
Background: The collective bargaining agreement between the parties expired. The arbitration award between the parties regarding the expired CBA required the plaintiff to provide a benefit that was no longer authorized by law.
Ruling: The Court of Appeals reversed, granting the petition to vacate the arbitration award. The court found that the Retirement and Social Security Law Article 22, Section 8 did not permit the firefighters in to retain their non-contributory retirement benefit plan. As the award created an explicit conflict with other laws, the award must be vacated.
Earl T. Redding for the appellant; Mimi C. Satter for the respondent