Dear PEF Members:
I have received many questions concerning the PEF collective bargaining agreement and the legislative process and you may have had some of these same questions yourselves. As you know, PEF members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the collective bargaining agreement on December 14, 2016.
In order for the NYS Comptroller to prepare and release the compensation for PEF members he needs legislative authority to approve the disbursements of funds. This is known as a “Paybill.” The PEF legislative team took the ball and had the “Paybill” introduced and passed very quickly.
The Next Step
Now that the PEF “Paybill” has passed both the NYS Senate and Assembly, we now have to pause for the Senate to release the bill and then deliver it to the Governor for Executive Action (signature). The reason we have to wait for the Senate to discharge the “Paybill” is that their house passed the legislation first and under the legislative rules, they now “own” the bill. The legislature is currently not in session, due to the President’s holiday leave period. The NYS legislature is scheduled to return on February 28, 2017. Upon their return, we will continue to aggressively pursue the delivery of our legislation from the Senate to the Governor.
Then What Happens?
Once the Governor’s office obtains the PEF “Paybill” from the NYS Senate, and the Legislature is in session, the Governor has 10 days (not counting Sundays) to sign or veto bills passed by both houses. Signed bills become law; vetoed bills do not.
Once the Governor signs the PEF “Paybill” , the NYS Comptroller then has the authority to finalize calculations for disbursement. As was accomplished this past summer with the previous one-year PEF contract, we will continue to update you at each step of the process.
Thank you again for all your support and patience,