2010-2011 Executive Budget – Briefing Book

State Workforce

I. Overview

State employees deliver services to the public and manage a range of facilities and provider networks.They oversee and administer billions of dollars in program funding and capital projects.

Approximately 94 percent of the State workforce is unionized. Most of the nine employee unions and 14 negotiating units have collective bargaining contracts with the State that provide a general salary increase of four percent in April 2010. There are approximately 12,000 Management/Confidential (M/C) employees who are not represented by a union.

State employees receive an average compensation of $63,750 plus fringe benefits.

The largest State employers are:

Agency Workforce
(3/31/10 Estimate)
State University of New York 41,778
Department of Correctional Services 30,027
Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 21,786
Office of Mental Health 16,297
City University of New York 12,933

II. History/Context

In response to the State’s current fiscal difficulties, Governor Paterson has implemented a number of actions to decrease the size of the State workforce, while minimizing layoffs during a time of economic distress. These include implementing a hiring freeze on nonessential positions, aggressive attrition efforts, eliminating funded vacant positions, and offering a one-time $20,000 severance incentive.

At the close of the 2009-10 fiscal year, the portion of the State workforce that is subject to gubernatorial management is projected to total 132,525. This represents a decline of 5,150 since Governor Paterson took office in March 2008. After implementation of Executive Budget recommendations, the portion of the State workforce that is subject to gubernatorial management would total 131,900 – a decline of 5,775 positions compared to March 2008. When completed, the annual General Fund savings associated with these reductions would be approximately $457 million, including fringe benefits. This savings estimate is based on each agency's average annual salary.

III. Proposed 2010-11 Budget Actions

The Governor will seek to implement various workforce actions to reduce payroll and fringe benefit expenses. These include options such as delaying or reducing payment of the April 1, 2010 four percent general salary increase and implementing a salary deferral. The size of the State workforce will also continue to decline through facility closures, agency mergers, and ongoing management of employee hiring.

IV. Summary of Spending (All Funds)

Category 2009-10
($ in millions)
($ in millions)
(in millions)
State Workforce Salary Costs 13,463 13,127 (336) (2.5)
State Workforce Fringe Benefit Costs 5,437 6,007 570 10.5
Total State Workforce Personnel Costs 18,900 19,134 234 1.2
Amounts shown include the Legislature and Judiciary, which are not reflected in the workforce numbers below.


Category 2009-10
3/31/10 Est.
3/31/11 Est.
Number Percent
Workforce Subject to Executive Control 132,525 131,900 (625) (.5)
Workforce Not Subject to Executive Control 63,850 63,800 (50) (.1)
Total State Workforce 196,375 195,700 (675) (.3)


Category Actual
3/31/11 Est.
Workforce Subject to Executive Control 137,675 131,900 (5,775) (4.2)
Workforce Not Subject to Executive Control 62,075 63,800 1,725 2.8
Total State Workforce 199,750 195,700 (4,050) (2.0)

V. Major Initiatives

Gap Closing Actions

Proposal 2010-11
($ in millions)
($ in millions)
Workforce Actions that Require Negotiation 250 125
Amortize State Pension Contribution Costs 217 475
Require Medicare Part B Premium Contribution 30 30
Allow Option to Self-Insure NYSHIP 15 30
Total 512 660

The Governor will seek to implement a number of workforce actions to reduce State employee salary costs. These actions are targeted to save $250 million in 2010-11 and $125 million in 2011-12. These may include options such as:

A number of actions are recommended that do not require union negotiation to reduce fringe benefit costs and save $262 million in 2010-11.

Other Workforce Actions


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