State reaches 3-year contract with employees getting 2 percent raises

Staff Reports Posted 21 October 2016 at 7:02 am

The Cuomo administration and the union representing 54,000 state workers have reached a three-year labor agreement with 2 percent annual raises.

The contract with the New York State Public Employees Federation, one of the largest unions in the United States, also will reduce “out-of-control healthcare costs,” Cuomo’s office said.

“Our public workers play a vital role in the function of New York and their outstanding contributions continue to move this state forward,” Cuomo said. “The new contract strikes a balance of ensuring that our public servants are treated fairly, while reaffirming our commitment to fiscal discipline that taxpayers deserve. This is an important step in our efforts to maintain New York’s outstanding workforce, and I look forward to continuing to work together for years to come.”

Wayne Spence, president of the NYS Public Employees Federation, said the union’s contract team worked tirelessly on the agreement the past two years.

The contract needs to be ratified by the union membership.

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