PEF rejects state contract

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 02:13 PM

In a blow to Governor Andrew Cuomo's string of labor victories, the Professional Employees Federation--New York State's second largest union--announced its membership had rejected the agreement reached between its leadership and the governor's office.

With nearly 70 percent of the membership voting, the union rejected the measure 54 percent to 46 percent.

“The decision to reject the tentative agreement was made by our rank-and-file members who clearly feel they are being asked to sacrifice more than others, particularly in light of the pending expiration of the state’s millionaire’s tax," said PEF's President Ken Brynien in a statement. “We are calling on the governor to resist laying off thousands of our members as he has threatened and, instead, work with us to identify savings that would preserve the state’s depleted workforce and services, especially during this economic downturn and in light of the recent flooding."

The governor's office has threatened the union with layoffs if the contract, which included three years with no raises, was not approved.


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Comments [4]


I agree with the governor except that he didn't go far enough. I for one am sick and tired of these union (better than everyone else) people dictating who gets to work for the state government. I think all state work should be put to a public bid. If the union can't get the low bid they don't get to do the work. That would end the people paying for 5 union workers on 1 shovel when 1 would do the job. The union worker makes 1/2 again or more wages than the private sector for the same work.

Sep. 29 2011 12:44 PM

A five year contract with not only no raise for three years BUT giving five days' pay back while millionaires get tax breaks AGAIN does not seem right. Shared sacrifice will help the state of NY through, not balancing the budget on the backs of the working class.

Sep. 28 2011 09:24 PM

PEF is not just another union. It includes registered nurses. We are saving lives and doing more and making sacrifices everyday, often working through lunch, short-staffed, and staying late. What are the politicians, police and teachers giving up? Just because we are compassionate and giving professionals doesn't mean we should be taken advantage of.

Sep. 28 2011 01:21 PM

I'm glad PEF had the courage to stand up for what was right.  I hope it doesn't come back to bite them. 

Stop punishing the middle class and lets share the pain a bit, could we Cuomo??

Sep. 27 2011 07:13 PM

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