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May 15, 2022 | Volume 40. No. 4

Celebrating PEF nurses and engaging all members

The May issue of The Communicator arrives on the last day of National Nurses Week, May 12, marking Florence Nightingale’s birthday. For PEF nurses, the week culminated on May 10 with a press conference at the State Capitol in Albany, where I was joined by nurses from across the state and more than a dozen senators and members of the assembly who came out to voice their support for policy changes that will improve the working lives of all PEF nurses. Please read the full story in this issue and if you have a nurse in your life, thank them for the compassion and care they provide every day.  PEF nurses made more than 100 phone calls to lawmakers during our Nurses Day of Action and we delivered more than 1,000 postcards stating our demands.  We’re asking the State to restructure nursing titles to make the profession more enticing and worth making a career in the public sector, as well as end the obscene amounts of mandatory overtime nurses are forced to work under the current law.  The New York State legislative session is set to end in early June and we are hopeful that our advocacy will truly make a difference.

Our member mobilization campaign in late April certainly made a difference. According to the report from AFT that I received, the six teams that fanned out across the capital region held 39 meetings at worksites, knocked on 840 doors, and signed up 95 new members from the PS&T bargaining unit. Read all about it here, but there’s no question it was a resounding success, and a model that PEF Organizing will continue to refine and employ across the state.

Last month also marked our latest quarterly election.  A new Region 2 coordinator was seated, along with eight members of the PEF Executive Board.  Congratulations to Shelby Wisneski, who will lead PEF’s efforts in the Southern Tier. We will share a brief profile of her later this month.  The next PEF Special Election will be in June, and as always, I encourage members to get involved in your union. We are only as strong and engaged as our membership and as an organization we are committed to identifying future leaders so that PEF can continue to be a powerful force – in Albany, at every agency, and from Brooklyn to Buffalo.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about anything the union is doing, please talk to your steward or reach out to your field representative. Just call your regional office if you don’t have direct contact information.

In Unity,
Wayne Spence