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CSEA, NYS reach tentative contract deal

Here is the full press release from CSEA, dated June 22:

ALBANY - New York's leading union - CSEA - has reached a tentative contract agreement with New York state on a five-year deal to avert impending layoffs of CSEA-represented state employees and keep people working.

The agreement was reached after challenging negotiations with the Cuomo administration that will provide long term benefits to both to the 66,000 CSEA-represented state Executive Branch employees and New York taxpayers.

"I applaud CSEA's leadership for their hard work to reach this deal which is a win-win for CSEA members and the State of New York," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "I commend the union and its leadership for making a significant contribution to help get the state's fiscal house in order and making the shared sacrifices these difficult times require. Working together, we will turn this state around and get our economy moving once again."

"These are not ordinary times and CSEA and the Cuomo administration have worked very hard at the bargaining table to produce an agreement that balances shared sacrifice with fairness and respect," said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

"CSEA stepped up to help produce the labor savings that Governor Cuomo sought while the governor responded to CSEA's concerns about job security along with a wage and benefit package that recognizes the pressures on working people," Donohue said.

"CSEA believes our members and all fair-minded New Yorkers will see this agreement as a responsible labor-management approach to facing the challenges in front of our state," Donohue said.

The agreement includes provisions to keep CSEA-represented state employees on-the job delivering essential services to New Yorkers. It will rescind imminent plans to issue layoff notices to CSEA-represented employees included in the 9,800 reductions previously announced by the Cuomo administration. It also provides other job security assurances for the life of the contract.

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