Correction in third paragraph.
ALBANY, N.Y. – One of New York's largest labor unions, Public Employees Federation (PEF), is still in negotiations with the governor's office to work out a contract in order to avoid more layoffs.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and PEF have been working out a deal all week, as hundreds of state employees anticipate layoffs.
PEF is reporting on their website that “negotiators continue to make progress on an agreement. Negotiations will continue Friday.”
Cuomo is looking to reduce $450 million in the state's workforce savings. At first, the possibility existed of cutting 9,800 positions to make this happen. Right now, 451 state employees, mostly PEF members, have received a notice they could be out of work. Those who received pink slips a few weeks ago, will be off the payroll starting next Friday, July 22nd.
New York's other large labor union, CSEA, was able to negotiate with governor's office to avoid massive layoffs, by agreeing to three years without raises or higher health care costs.