PEF en PEF ratifies contract, avoids 3500 layoffs <p>State worker union members have ratified a contract that will prevent nearly 3500 lay offs , though members make several concessions, including a three year pay freeze. Cuomo says he&rsquo;s &ldquo;very happy&rdquo;, and has rescinded the lay off notices that were to go out Friday.</p><p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:27:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 8891 at State worker union urging members to vote for new contract <p>Leaders of the state worker union, the Public Employees Federation, are waging a campaign style effort to try to convince members to vote yes this time on a new contract. Governor Cuomo says he will not give the union a third chance, and will issue lay offs in less than two weeks if the second contract is rejected.</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:31:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 8248 at State worker union to vote on new contract proposal <p>Members of the state worker union the Public Employees Federation will be voting on a new contract proposal, now that the union’s executive board has signed off on a rejiggered proposal agreed to with Governor Cuomo to avoid 3500 lay offs.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:51:40 +0000 Karen DeWitt 7953 at