UPDATE: Governor Cuomo's Director of State Operations Howard Glaser just released a statement with this ominous line:
Members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), who agreed to a layoff protection as part of their ratified collective bargaining agreement, will not be subject to the approximately 3,500 layoffs that will begin today.
It seems clear Cuomo's office is making good on its layoff promise, even as PEF President Ken Brynien has said he hopes the governor's negotiators will "immediately return to the bargaining table to work out an agreement which our members will ratify."
Governor Andrew Cuomo's statement on PEF membership's rejection of the contract agreement struck between the union's leadership and the Governor's office:
The members of the Public Employee Federation (PEF) have made their decision on a contract that would have protected them against the state needing to lay off their workers in order to achieve the required workforce savings passed as part of this year's budget.
In this economic reality, rising state workforce costs are unsustainable, as the members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the state's largest union, recognized when they overwhelmingly passed an identical contract. The Legislature passed a budget that made clear that reducing these costs would be achieved either through the collective bargaining process or through layoffs.
I urge them to reconsider.