Rensselaer, NY, Oct 18, 2011 — The executive board of the state worker union the Public Employees Federation has approved a revote on a contract with New York State, in an attempt to avoid 3500 layoffs. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.
The new version, agreed to over the weekend by Governor Cuomo and union leaders, shortens the length of the contract, allows workers to be reimbursed for nine furlough days at the end of the contract, or if they retire before then, and allows employees to use vacation time to help pay for health care benefits.
Governor Cuomo says it’s now up to the union members to decide whether to accept the new terms, or lose to layoffs, 3500 of their colleagues.
“It’s now up to them,” he said.
The governor has agreed to post pone the planned layoffs until November 4th, but he says it’s the one and only delay that he’ll accept.