PEF continues to focus on making government more efficient - Governor focuses on punishing state employees
Albany - The governor stated today he is putting together a plan to layoff state employees. He continues to say his priority is to save the state money, but it appears his real priority is punishing the state work force.
There are other alternatives. In fact, just last week, Judge Lawrence Kahn agreed with PEF that the state needs to explore alternatives to employee givebacks.
“PEF remains willing to work with this governor to achieve the savings in state operations necessary to balance this budget,” said PEF President Kenneth Brynien. “Our suggestions include ways to make state government more efficient by reducing the reliance on higher-priced private consultants and allowing state employees to do the work for less.
“Unfortunately, the governor seems less interested in savings and more interested in getting a pound of flesh from state employees.
“The governor is in such a rush to discuss layoffs, he hasn’t even allowed his commissioners time to implement the early retirement incentive. It’s possible he could achieve the savings he is seeking by properly executing that plan.
“Even though our members continue to do more with less, we are willing to reduce the size of the state work force through retirement and attrition if it means avoiding layoffs.
“The governor’s suggestion, that he may be able to challenge the Memorandum Of Understanding he has with PEF not to impose layoffs for the remainder of the year, is misguided.
“Once again while the governor wastes billions of dollars on consultants, he threatens the state work force with layoffs. While Judge Kahn ruled it is not PEF’s responsibility to close the budget gap, PEF continues to find savings. The union will be releasing another report next week on how the state can save more money replacing costly consultants with state employees.
“We are optimistic that on January 1, we will be working with a governor who is focused on making government more efficient without sacrificing the state work force,” Brynien said.