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Thursday, October 20, 2016

New York State Public Employees Federation may have new contract

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday announced that his administration has reached a three-year labor agreement with the New York State Public Employees Federation. PEF is one of the largest unions in the United States and is New York's second-largest state-employee union, representing 54,000 workers.

“Through collaborative and cooperative negotiations, the state has reached an agreement with the Public Employees Federation on their employment contract,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our public workers play a vital role in the function of New York and their outstanding contributions continue to move this state forward. The new contract strikes a balance of ensuring that our public servants are treated fairly, while reaffirming our commitment to fiscal discipline that taxpayers deserve. This is an important step in our efforts to maintain New York’s outstanding workforce, and I look forward to continuing to work together for years to come."

PEF President Wayne Spence said, "On behalf of PEF's 54,000 members, I would like to thank the Governor, members of his executive staff and the GOER bargaining professionals for their hard work and cooperation in connection with this agreement. Most importantly, I want to thank the members of PEF's contract team who have worked hard and tirelessly over the past two years on this contract, which the contract team unanimously approved and recommend for approval by the PEF Executive Board and for ratification by PEF's membership. I am proud to have been a part of this process and look forward to the ratification of this three-year contract."

The three-year contract agreement includes a 2 percent increase in 2016-17, 2 percent increase in 2017-18 and a 2 percent increase in 2018-19. Both the state and PEF agree to work together on a plan to reduce out-of-control healthcare costs. Other elements of the contract will be released shortly.

The contract must now be approved by its Executive Board and ratified by its membership.