CSEA, NYS reach deal on new labor contract

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the union representing state workers in New York's executive branch say they've reached a contract agreement that protects the union's members from
administration plans for cost-saving layoffs.

The Civil Service Employees Association and Cuomo announced the
five-year labor deal on Wednesday.

The agreement includes a three-year wage freeze for the 66,000
workers represented by CSEA, but provides employees with a $1,000
lump-sum payment split into two increments and 2-percent pay
increases in 2014 and 2015.

It also calls for workers to take nine unpaid days off split between the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years and to pay for a larger share of their health care coverage.

Cuomo had threatened to lay off 9,800 state workers if public workers unions didn't make concessions in the contract talks.

The deal is subject to approval by rank-and-file members.

A statement was released from the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) President Ken Brynien on contract negotiations.

"The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) continues to wait to hear back from the state's negotiating team on the status of the union's contract offer," Brynien said in a statement released to the media. "Earlier today, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) announced it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the state. PEF stands ready to meet with the state's negotiators to reach an agreement that balances the needs of our members as well as the needs of the state. PEF is the state's second-largest, state-employee union, representing 56,000 professional, scientific and technical employees."

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