Shortly after the Public Employees Federation ratified a new four-year contract, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a press conference in the Red Room of the State Capitol Building in Albany where he praised the deal and described the negotiations as a “monumental undertaking” that was, at times, “combative.” “Today, truly, cooler heads prevailed,” Governor Cuomo said. Read More
The Public Employees Federation has ratified a revised four-year agreement with the state that will avert over 3,000 layoffs.
A previous agreement that the union’s leadership reached with the Cuomo administration was rejected by the membership.
The new agreement preserves the pay-scale of PEF members by maintaining increments and salary-grade parity, longevity payments and co-pays for doctor visits at their current level, the union says. It also calls for no salary increases for years 2011, 2012 and 2013. A salary increase of 2 percent is included for 2014. Read More