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Editorial: PEF needs to get real and reconsider

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This editorial was updated to correct the name of the union in the headline. News that the Capital Region would be hit hard by the layoff of 3,496 Public Employees Federation employees, though not surprising, lends particular urgency to negotiations reportedly reopened this week between union officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Roughly one-third of the targeted layoffs — a total of 1,149 — would come from the four-county region, and that would constitute quite a ...

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October 6, 2011
11:15 a.m.

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Shouldn't the headline read: "PEF needs to get real and reconsider" ?

Right now it says: "CSEA needs to get real and reconsider."

October 8, 2011
10:38 a.m.

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Go. Cuomo is using the threat of layoffs as a gun to get his way. PEF membersare being real in voting down a contract that would cripple its members for decades. One a union sets the precedent of allowing furloughs, the state will go to furloughs whenever they want. Court decisins have always topped furloughs in the pats because they were not allowed in the contract. Once the precedent is set, a judge would rule that the union has allowed furloughs in the past so it ism alright now. Secondly, by allowing the state to not negotiate in good faith by giving in to threats of layoffs, the prcedent is set in all future negotiations to have the same thing occur. PEF is sent a message that they will not allow this. CSEA has accepted it and will be exposed to this treatment in every future contract talk. PEF should bring the state to court for failure to negotiate and for violating their on policy on Workplace Violence, which include verbal threats!