Union Leader Says Paterson Wants Revenge
PEF chief blasts the governor
The head of the union that won a court case against Gov. David Paterson, ending his hopes for furloughs, says the governor is seeking to punish state workers. It has been learned that Paterson is working on plans to eliminate thousands of state jobs.
"PEF remains willing to work with this governor to achieve the savings in state operations necessary to balance this budget," said PEF President Kenneth Brynien. "Our suggestions include ways to make state government more efficient by reducing the reliance on higher-priced private consultants and allowing state employees to do the work for less.
"Unfortunately, the governor seems less interested in savings and more interested in getting a pound of flesh from state employees.
"The governor is in such a rush to discuss layoffs, he hasn't even allowed his commissioners time to implement the early retirement incentive. It's possible he could achieve the savings he is seeking by properly executing that plan.
"We are optimistic that on January 1, we will be working with a governor who is focused on making government more efficient without sacrificing the state work force," Brynien said.
PEF is the state's second-largest state-employee union, representing 58,000 professional, scientific and technical employees.