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PEF Executive Board seals the deal with PEF staff

The Executive Board of the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) voted to accept a four-year agreement between PEF and the United Steelworkers Local 9265 (USW) which represents the PEF staff.

The 95 to 0 vote was decided at the board’s quarterly meeting in Albany December 4.

The pact is retroactive from July 2011 and runs through June 2015. Negotiations were initially stalled as PEF made its transition to a new
administration in 2012.

Highlights of the four-year pact for the more than a hundred employees who work at PEF include: 0.50 percent raises for the years 2011 and 2012; a 1 percent raise for 2013 and a 2 percent raise for 2014.

Changes in the agreement include an increase in doctor co-pay for emergency room visits and outpatient surgical procedures, and an increase in out-of-pocket costs for individuals and families.

PEF President Susan M. Kent acknowledged the contributions from the members of both negotiating teams, saying both sides worked diligently during this process.

“The Executive Board overwhelmingly agrees this is a fair contract between PEF and USW,” Kent said. “As the president of a union, I am proud of this contract which recognizes the value of the USW staff while giving PEF the accountability we need for our members.

“As PEF prepares to negotiate with the state in 2015, this agreement also serves as an example that employees can be valued in any economic climate, as this contract covers a time period during which PEF members were offered zeroes in their contract. This administration is pleased to finalize this pact with USW and is devoted to fighting for the contract PEF-represented members deserve,” Kent said.

USW Local 9265 President Bob Beckwith said, “While negotiations were long and difficult, it was the solidarity demonstrated by USW members that led to a fair contract. This allows us to move forward to continue to fight for the rights, benefits and safety of PEF members.”