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Union leader draws line in sand with Cuomo

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

The head of a major state worker union is warning Gov. Cuomo not to ask state workers for more givebacks in the new state budget.

The President of the Public Employees Federation, Ken Brynien, says he’s drawing a line in the sand with Gov. Cuomo, and has asked the governor not to expect more givebacks from state worker unions.

'I told him you can’t come back to us for anything else,' said Brynien.  'You’ve got as much as you are going to get, you’ve got to look elsewhere.'

The unions agreed to new contracts in the fall that contained concessions including a partial pay freeze, and greater contributions for health care.

Brynien spoke at a pre State of the State rally at the site of the former Occupy Albany encampment, where he suggested that instead of closing the state’s $2 billion dollar budget gap through state agency consolidations,  and other cuts, corporate tax loopholes should be closed instead, and 'high priced' private consultants curtailed.

Listen to audio of this report from WXXI News here.

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