Albany - "The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) will not reopen its contract with the state of New York.
PEF has repeatedly demonstrated the state can meet the governor's target for savings replacing high-cost consultants with lower-cost state employees, as well as through other options the union has provided.
Until the state moves decisively to slash the use of costly consultants, PEF will not accept any demand for give-backs and we will continue to work to protect state jobs.
The anonymous statements from the governor's office vilifying the state workforce and the unions that represent them does not create an atmosphere conducive to a positive solution.
PEF will also hold the governor to his promise of no layoffs through his current term in office that ends December 31, 2010," said PEF President Kenneth Brynien.