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New York public employees reached agreement with state

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his administration has reached a three-year labor agreement with the New York State Public Employees Federation.

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PEF is one of the largest unions in the United States and is New York's second-largest state-employee union, representing 54,000 workers.

"Through collaborative and cooperative negotiations, the state has reached an agreement with the Public Employees Federation on their employment contract," Governor Cuomo said.

PEF President Wayne Spence said, "On behalf of PEF's 54,000 members, I would like to thank the Governor, members of his executive staff and the GOER bargaining professionals for their hard work and cooperation in connection with this agreement."

The three-year contract agreement includes a 2 percent increase in 2016-17, 2 percent increase in 2017-18 and a 2 percent increase in 2018-19.

Both the state and PEF agree to work together on a plan to reduce out-of-control healthcare costs. Other elements of the contract will be released shortly.

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