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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
Wednesday.

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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