PEF is asking all its members, especially those who may be directly affected by Governor Paterson’s layoff plan, to contact Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo to help put a face on the layoffs. PEF leaders have sent a letter to Governor-Elect Cuomo asking him to suspend the layoffs and to reopen the Early Retirement Incentive (ERI). And PEF is asking you to send a letter too.
The PEF website has a sample letter. In your letter, include how these layoffs affect you personally, such as how many years you have worked for the state, your position, and the vital services you provide to taxpayers. Also send a copy of your letter to PEF. If you are eligible for the ERI, explain you would rather take that than be laid off.