Public Employees Federation: Layoffs Would ‘Cripple’ State

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The Public Employees Federation, a union that represents 56,000 state workers, said workforce reductions of up to 15,000 people would “cripple” state services and hamper any economic recovery in New York.

In state, PEF President Kenneth Brynien said the union would oppose any plan to layoff workers, which has not been formally announced yet.

“If the goal is to cut costs, PEF has several suggestions on how to achieve savings without damaging state services and harming the dedicated public employees who provide them. What cannot be lost in this debate is this is not just a spending problem, it is a revenue problem. We will present our suggestions to the governor on how to address both issues,” Brynien said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering a state workforce reduction of between 10,000 and 15,000 posts as the state tries to grapple with a $10 billion budget estimate for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Cuomo, who also plans steep cuts to Medicaid and education spending, is due to present his budget on Feb. 1.

Here’s the full statement from PEF:

PEF response to possible layoffs 1 20 2011

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  1. the consultant on

    the public employee unions and their pension deals and their health care deals
    and their raises in the face of the financial crisis HAVE ALREADY CRIPPLED THE STATE