From the desk of PEF President Wayne Spence
Union leaders, including PEF Division 379 Council Leader Steve Drake, were called to state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision(DOCCS) headquarters this morning for an announcement detailing the state’s plan to close two prisons — the medium security Livingston Correctional Facility in Livingston County and the minimum security Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan. Both correctional facilities will be closed by September 1, 2019.
Approximately 65 PEF members will be impacted by these closures – about 57 at Livingston and 8 at Lincoln. The important thing to note here is that NO PEF members are facing layoffs as a result of these closings. Staff meetings at both facilities are scheduled for next week where members will be given information about their options, seniority and bumping rights. PEF Council Leader Drake and PEF staff will be at these meetings to help members with their next steps and to answer questions.
In his Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposed and the legislature approved, the closings of up to three state prisons. PEF, along with other unions, fought this budget proposal and was disappointed the legislature approved the budget with this provision included. Today’s announcement serves as the state’s 90 day notice of facility closure.