Paterson, Unions Reach Deal to Avoid Layoffs

Paterson says the deal should save $440 million over two years

Friday, Jun 5, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM EDT
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Paterson, Unions Reach Deal to Avoid Layoffs

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Gov. David Paterson says an agreement with unions will avoid major layoffs of state workers while adding extra payments for those who elect to retire and a lower pension tier for new hires.

Paterson says the deal should save $440 million over two years, roughly the amount that would have come from up to 8,900 layoffs he announced in March.

The governor's office says a one-time, $20,000 retirement incentive will be offered to about 4,500 employees. Some 2,500 jobs that are currently funded but vacant will be permanently abolished.

The agreements with the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation also set goals for voluntary work schedule cuts.

Lawmakers would have to approve the new pension tier.
 

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