New York state judges have gone 12 years without a pay raise, making some of them a little hot under the robes.
They were heartened when the state Legislature appointed a commission to study judicial pay in November 2010. But the commission’s report made some judges flip their wigs.
Citing the tough fiscal environment, the commission recommended no pay raises until 2012. Even those raises would be subject to legislative approval and wouldn’t include retroactive cost-of-living adjustments.
So what are the magistrate’s options? A survey conducted by two state judicial groups indicates that an overwhelming number of judges favor an association that could negotiate wages and benefits—in effect, a union.
More than 90% of the 550 judges who responded to the survey expressed support for such an organization.