Islip employees regain free rides

Town of Islip employees may once again be getting a free ride on the taxpayer's dime.

The Public Employment Relations Board ruled earlier this month that Islip violated state labor law by halting the long-running perk of allowing Islip employees to drive town vehicles home. The board also said Islip should have negotiated the decision, despite it never appearing in any labor contracts.

Town Supervisor Phil Nolan revoked the vehicle privileges to union workers not on call around-the-clock last April in a cost-cutting maneuver. He says it saved Islip roughly $250,000 in gas and service costs.

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