Posted on September 5, 2017 · Posted in Faculty Associates News, Roosevelt House

Roosevelt House Faculty Associate William A. Herbert was solicited by the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to write a short essay on Jerome Lefkowitz, a central figure in the history of the Taylor Law.  The essay was written in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law’s effective date.  Mr. Lefkowitz helped draft the Taylor Law, and served as PERB’s first Deputy Chairperson (1967-1986), and PERB’s fifth Chairperson (2007-2015).  The essay examines Mr. Lefkowitz’s accomplishments in both positions including establishing and reasserting PERB’s independence.

Click here to read the full essay.


Herbert also recently appeared on The Brian Lehrer Program along with Queens College Distinguished Professor Joshua Freeman to discuss the history of the Taylor Law on its 50th anniversary. Herbert and Freeman trace the history of how the Taylor Law came to be and what has happened with its implementation.

Click here to listen to the interview.


Herbert will participate in the upcoming program “The Taylor Law in Perspective at 50” being held at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College on September 26th, 2017. The program features a series of panels and conversations examining the Taylor Law in historical context, and exploring the future of public sector unionization and collective bargaining.

Click here for more information on this upcoming event.