State Workers. Take the  contract pledge.

You can make a difference for you and your family.

Contracts for most NYS employees expired in April, 2003.

Despite the states fiscal crisis, New York State was able to find the money to settle a contract with 37,000 public employees at the Metropolitan Transit Authority that includes health insurance with no employee premium. They also found money to hire more high-priced deputy commissioners and spokespeople, as well as provide generous base raises to their contractors in 2003!

Even President Bush provided base raises to federal employees last year, and has another raise planned for 2004. Dozens of the states most cash-strapped cities and counties also negotiated base raises for their employees last year. 

Here's what you can do to make a difference for you and your family.

Tell the governor that we've earned a fair contract.

Take the State Workers Contract Pledge now!

The State Workers Contract Pledge:
I will not accept a contract  
- That does not have a base wage increase in each year;
- That has significant health concessions including increases in premium percentages; 
- That diminishes the health insurance benefits of present or future retirees; and,
- That does not provide cost-of-living adjustments for high cost geographic areas.
Signed, ___________________________
Write the governor at:
Gov. George E. Pataki
State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224
or send a FREE fax online at:

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This Newspaper ad appeared in the week of February 9 and 16, 2004 editions of the Albany Times Union, Schenectady Daily Gazette, Troy Record, Capital District Metroland, Binghamton Press, Elmira Star Gazette, Utica Observer, Ithaca, Buffalo News, Poughkeepsie Journal, The Rockland & Westchester Journal News, The New York Post, Long Island Newsday, Plattsburgh Press, Rochester Democrat  & Chronicle, Syracuse Herald American, and The Legislative Gazette. It was created by PEF's Public Relations Dept. Copyright 2004