Public Employees Federation President Kenneth Brynien said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration should started negotiating with his union by now in order to achieve the desired $550 million in concessions the governor is seeking.
“We should have started sooner, but it’s never too late if you want to start a cooperative relationship,” Brynien said today.
Brynien attended a Senate hearing today on the possibility of consolidating and merging state agencies, which Cuomo’s office advocates as part of its overall goal of “right-sizing” state government.
But Brynien said he’s concerned that some of the mergers may result in employ layoffs.
“We’re not opposing that, we’re not opposing some of the mergers that are taking place. But you’re endangering in the case of NYSTAR, you’re endangering the future of the economy and the state,” he said, referring to the New York State Foundation for Technology and Research.
He said negotiations with Cuomo will be underway this week.
“There will be some discussions. The depth of those discussions will depend on what this administration wants to talk about,” he said.
But like other union leaders, Brynien is concerned the $550 million may be a daunting figure to reach.
“We have some ideas and the state has some ideas and if we can come to something that works for everyone that will be great,” he said.
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