Monday, October 17, 2011

Public Employee Federation members to vote on new proposed collective bargaining agreement

Public Employee Federation members to vote on new proposed collective bargaining agreement
Sources: The Public Employees Federation; Office of the Governor

The Executive Board of the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) on October 17, 2011 voted to send a revised contract agreement with the State to the full union membership for ratification.

Ballots for ratification will be mailed immediately to union members. Votes must be returned by Thursday, November 3 for counting that day by the American Arbitration Association in Manhattan.
PEF President Ken Brynien said:

“Today’s vote gives hope to the 3,496 members who face losing their jobs if the contract is not approved. The revised agreement balances the needs of all of our members and I am strongly encouraging our membership to ratify the new agreement to save the jobs of their co-workers while preserving the level of service to taxpayers"

In a press release dated October 16, 2011, Governor Cuomo said of this new, proposed agreement: "The Administration has worked very hard with the PEF leadership to make modifications which the leadership believes will address the concerns of the membership. The contract modifications are revenue neutral to the state and achieve the same level of savings as the first proposal.”

A summary of the key provisions of the tentative agreement is available on the Internet at:

The entire agreement, 229 pages of text, is posted on the Internet at:

Handbooks focusing on State and Municipal Public Personnel Law continue to be available for purchase via the links provided below:

The Discipline Book at http://thedisciplinebook.blogspot.com/

Challenging Adverse Personnel Decisions at http://nypplarchives.blogspot.com

The Disability Benefits E-book: at http://section207.blogspot.com/

Layoff, Preferred Lists at http://nylayoff.blogspot.com/

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