Public Employees Federation: Talks continue with governor

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The Public Employees Federation posted an update this afternoon on the status of negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration. Members of the union voted down a tentative contract deal, which led to 3,500 layoffs. They are scheduled to take effect starting a week from today unless an alternative agreement is reached.

This is the statement on PEF’s website:

The lines of communication between PEF and the state remain open as the union works toward reaching an agreement with the governor on a new contract. Several discussions were held on Tuesday and more continue Wednesday. PEF remains committed to saving the jobs of 3,496 PEF members targeted by the Cuomo administration to be eliminated. If we make the progress we need to make, our Executive Board will meet on Monday, October 17 for a vote on any new agreement. We urge you to continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

Earlier this afternoon, Cuomo didn’t rule out pushing back the Oct. 19 deadline if the administration a tentative deal is given to rank-and-file PEF members for a vote. The governor has said he is open to modifying the contract that was voted down as long as changes are revenue neutral.

PEF, with 56,000 members, is New York’s second-largest public employees union. The largest is the Civil Service Employees Association, which ratified a contract with the same terms as PEF members rejected.

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