PEF lands 3-year contract with NY

ALBANY -- The state's second largest public-employees union reached a labor deal with the state Wednesday that includes a 2 percent raise in each of the contract's three years.
 
The Public Employees Federation, which represents 54,000 workers, said it agreed to the three-year deal with the
 
Cuomo administration and will take the contract to its executive board and members for final votes.
 
The union's contract expired in 2015. It reached a one-year retroactive agreement in April with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office that provided a 2 percent raise.
 
Cuomo's office in the midst of negotiations with public unions, most of whom -- include the largest, the Civil
 
Service Employees Association -- had their contracts expire April 1.
 
Cuomo said the PEF deal "strikes a balance of ensuring that our public servants are treated fairly, while reaffirming our commitment to fiscal discipline that taxpayers deserve."
 
Negotiations have been less acrimonious than in 2011, when Cuomo sought concessions and pay freezes from the unions amid the state's fiscal woes.
 
In the PEF deal, the sides said they will continue to negotiate health-care costs in the contract. Other details of the contract were not released.
 
PEF president Wayne Spence said he is pleased with the agreement.
 
"I am proud to have been a part of this process and look forward to the ratification of this three-year contract," Spence said in a statement.
 


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