Cuomo Reaches Tentative Deal With State Workers

June 22, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he has forged a “tentative” five-year contract agreement with the largest union representing state employees. Union leaders agreed to a three-year base salary freeze, increased health-care contributions and several days of furlough.  The governor, who had threatened to fire thousands of workers if some concessions were not secured, said the deal would save $166 million over the next two years and allow the union employees to keep their jobs. He said he would avoid major layoffs altogether if other unions accept the same terms, which they are likely to do, say labor officials.

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