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Agency Web Site: https://www.goer.ny.govLink to External Website

Mission

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) mission is to advance the performance of State government through collaborative labor relations, workforce training, education, and benefits. Operating under the Public Employees' Fair Employment Act (the Taylor Law), GOER assists the Governor in relations between the State and its employees, including representing the Executive Branch in collective bargaining negotiations with 10 public employee unions.

Organization and Staffing

GOER is headed by a Director who is appointed by the Governor. The agency is organized into five areas: (1) contract negotiations and administration; (2) legal; (3) administration of the Labor-Management Committees; (4) Statewide employee training and organizational development; and (5) the Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division. They are under the direction of the Executive Office; Contract Negotiation and Administration Division; and the Division for Administration.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2020 Executive Budget recommends $8.7 million ($6.7million General Fund; $1.9 million Other Funds). The $392,000 increase to the General Fund is related to the transfer of Affirmative Action Administrators pursuant to Executive Order No. 187. The FY 2020 Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 77 FTEs, unchanged from FY 2019.

Program Highlights

Executive Office

Composed of the Director, who determines the goals and strategies for collective negotiations with the employee unions, as directed by the Executive Chamber and in consultation with the Division of the Budget. The Director also provides overall policy direction for the agency, in consultation with Executive Staff, comprised of the head of each division.

Contract Negotiations & Administration

The principal responsibilities of the Contract Negotiations and Administration Division includes:

  • Serving as key liaisons between the Governor and agency management on labor relations issues;
  • Negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements and providing advocacy and administration of management/confidential issues and programs;
  • Acting as liaisons to the Joint Labor-Management Committees (LMCs);
  • Providing grievance resolution;
  • Collecting, maintaining, and analyzing data on New York State's workforce, compensation and benefit programs, and programs and policies of other employers, including both public and private employers; and
  • Developing strategies for health benefit negotiations.

Counsel's Office

Provides legal counsel to the Director of GOER in support of the Director's responsibilities under Article 24 of the Executive Law and related statutes. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Representing State agencies in contract arbitrations arising from collectively negotiated agreements;
  • Representing the State in proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB);
  • Representing GOER in “triage” settlement discussions concerning grievances filed by certain unions;
  • Developing GOER's legislative proposals and pay bills, reviewing and commenting on other State agency proposals, and reviewing and commenting on bills the Governor submits to the Legislature;
  • Participating in collective bargaining by advising negotiating teams, negotiating discipline and contract grievance provisions, and developing contract language;
  • Presenting the State's case in interest arbitration for certain bargaining units;
  • Providing assistance to, and liaison with, the Attorney General concerning civil litigation involving labor and employment issues; and
  • Updating State agencies on recent labor developments, new laws and mandates, court and arbitration decisions, and PERB determinations.

Division for Administration

Responsible for providing personnel, administrative, and fiscal support services, which serve GOER, the LMCs, and the New York State Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP). More specifically, the Division has responsibility for the following:

  • Establishing and managing GOER, DCP, and LMC financial accounts;
  • Human Resources Management which covers a wide range of areas such as payroll preparation, position classification, reclassification and reallocation, new employee orientation, affirmative action, and recruitment;
  • Preparing all GOER/LMC contracts; and
  • Managing the Internal Controls Program; supporting daily operations including purchasing, space planning, mail and supply, document preparation, records management, inventory and equipment maintenance.

Training and Organizational Development

Conducts and administers educational efforts to improve the skills and level of knowledge of the State's workforce for improved productivity and services. This unit offers training services to State agencies interested in areas such as strategic planning, performance measurement, work process redesign, and adapting to change. This unit also oversees the development and implementation of all statewide mandatory training.

Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division (ADID)

Investigates complaints of protected class employment discrimination pursuant to Executive Order No. 187. Once investigations are complete, agencies are informed of the result, and if a complaint is substantiated as a violation of State policy, the agency is directed to take administrative action as determined by ADID.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2019
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
Change From
FY 2019
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
State Operations 8,291,000 8,683,000 392,000 0
Total 8,291,000 8,683,000 392,000 0

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FTE Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration
General Fund 66 66 0
Internal Service Funds 11 11 0
Total 77 77 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
General Fund 6,344,000 6,736,000 392,000
Internal Service Funds 1,947,000 1,947,000 0
Total 8,291,000 8,683,000 392,000
Adjustments:
Transfer(s) From
Children and Family Services, Office of
General Fund (174,000)
Corrections and Community Supervision, Department of
General Fund (584,000)
Criminal Justice Services, Division of
General Fund (83,000)
Environmental Conservation, Department of
Special Revenue Funds - Other (104,000)
Financial Services, Department of
Special Revenue Funds - Other (95,000)
General Services, Office of
General Fund (256,000)
Health, Department of
General Fund (108,000)
Labor, Department of
Special Revenue Funds - Federal (169,000)
Mental Health, Office of
General Fund (442,000)
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Office of
General Fund (189,000)
People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for
General Fund (747,000)
State, Department of
General Fund (102,000)
Taxation and Finance, Department of
General Fund (94,000)
Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of
General Fund (180,000)
Workers' Compensation Board
Special Revenue Funds - Other (104,000)
Appropriated FY 2019 4,860,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration
General Fund 6,344,000 6,736,000 392,000
Internal Service Funds 1,947,000 1,947,000 0
Total 8,291,000 8,683,000 392,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 6,434,000 377,000 6,423,000 377,000
Total 6,434,000 377,000 6,423,000 377,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 10,000 0 1,000 0
Total 10,000 0 1,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 302,000 15,000 71,000 0
Total 302,000 15,000 71,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 134,000 15,000 97,000 0
Total 134,000 15,000 97,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 1,947,000 0 1,000,000 0
Total 1,947,000 0 1,000,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Contract Negotiation and Administration 947,000 0
Total 947,000 0

Note: Most recent estimates as of 1/15/2019

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