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PEF President Ken Brynien speaks at the rally held Tuesday at the former Occupy Albany encampment. Photo: Karen DeWitt
PEF President Ken Brynien speaks at the rally held Tuesday at the former Occupy Albany encampment. Photo: Karen DeWitt

State employees' union head says workers have already given enough

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With Governor Cuomo scheduled to give his state-of-the-state address Wednesday, advocacy groups rallied in Albany Tuesday, at the site of the former Occupy Albany encampment. They pressed the governor for action on hunger, poverty and health issues.

The state Public Employees Federation was one of the groups there. And as Karen DeWitt reports, that union's president is warning Cuomo not to ask state workers for more givebacks in the state budget.

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Karen DeWitt
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The President of the Public Employees Federation, Ken Brynien, says he’s drawing a line in the sand with Governor Cuomo, and has asked the governor not to expect more givebacks from state worker unions.

“I told him you can’t come back to us for anything else,” said Brynien.  “You’ve got as much as you are going to get, you’ve got to look elsewhere.”

The unions agreed to new contracts in the fall that contained concessions including a partial pay freeze, and greater contributions for health care.

Brynien spoke at a pre State of the State rally at the site of the former Occupy Albany encampment, where he suggested that instead of closing the state’s $2 billion dollar budget gap through state agency consolidations,  and other cuts, corporate tax loopholes should be closed instead, and “high priced” private consultants curtailed.  

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