The Executive Committee of the Public Employees Federal union is supporting a new, tentative contract that could avoid 3,500 layoffs in New York.
The contract proposal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo will next face its biggest test with a vote by rank-and-file members.
Cuomo said Monday that the deal negotiated over the weekend is PEF's last chance to avoid layoffs that had been scheduled to begin Wednesday.
The proposal will go to a ratification vote by the rank-and-file members within two weeks.
Cuomo says he'll delay the layoffs if the committee sends the contract to a vote by members.