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NY top court to hear Islip's attempt to limit 'take home' cars

New York’s top court will hear arguments in a case pitting the Town of Islip against local union members over the availability of “take-home” cars for employees.

The Court of Appeals on Thursday granted permission for Islip to present its case. Court spokesman Gary Spencer said the case likely won't be heard till mid 2014.

At issue is Islip’s long-running effort to cut costs by limiting the number of town-assigned vehicles to employees. Town officials argued that the issue wasn’t subject to collective bargaining with Local 237, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and United Public Service Employees Union, and unilaterally took away vehicles from approximately 45 union members, according to court documents.

The union won a complaint filed with the state Public Employment Relations Board and a midlevel court upheld the decision in January. The Appellate Division ruled that state law bars an employer from discontinuing a “past practice” without prior negotiation with employees.

Now, the case will go before New York’s highest court.

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