Union's board gives early OK to NY contract

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Executive Committee of the Public
Employees Federal union is supporting a new, tentative contract
that could avoid 3,500 layoffs in New York.

The contract proposal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo will next face its biggest test with a vote by rank-and-file members.

Cuomo said Monday that the deal negotiated over the weekend is PEF's last chance to avoid layoffs that had been scheduled to begin

The proposal will go to a ratification vote by the rank-and-file members within two weeks.

Cuomo says he'll delay the layoffs if the committee sends the contract to a vote by members.

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