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Unfortunately, the state does not have to vest you in the pension if you have not been able to work because of your disability. Unlike a private employer that has more leeway in negotiating a severance with an employee on pension plans, if this is a state/union pension, the state does not generally have that luxury. In some cases they can allow the employee to return to work in some limited duty job until they work enough time to be vested, but that is up to your union contract and the employer's discretion. Outside of your employer allowing you to return to actually work limited duty until you reach your vesting time, they will not just give you the time I am afraid.