• PEF keeps you you safe around heavy equipment 

    PEF keeps you you safe around heavy equipment 

    You’ve seen them, driven behind them, or maybe even tried to pass them.   State Department of Transportation (DOT) plow trucks are massive. Some have one or two wings, and some are called a tow-plow, with one truck towing a plow behind. They can be 35 or more feet long, 12 or more feet wide, and...

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  • Meet your PS&T Contract Team

    Meet your PS&T Contract Team

    While the current 2019-2023 contract between PEF and the state does not expire until April 1, 2023, the union just opened negotiations on our next contract for the Professional, Scientific and Technical (PS&T) bargaining unit.  Some of the PEF members and staff on that negotiating team have served on previous contract teams and others are...

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  • Contract Administration: Helping your Contract Team negotiate the best contract, monitoring implementation and enforcing members contractual rights 

    Contract Administration: Helping your Contract Team negotiate the best contract, monitoring implementation and enforcing members contractual rights 

    Editor’s Note: This is the third in our continuing series “What Can PEF Do For You?” highlighting the role PEF departments perform for the union membership. You can read the first installment about PEF Health & Safety, here, and the second about Organizing, here.  When people think union, they immediately think contract.  PEF’s...

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  • Members set priorities for contract talks

    Members set priorities for contract talks

    An impressive 20 percent of the PEF membership responded to the recent contract survey, sharing their top concerns and priorities for negotiations. “We usually expect 10 to 15 percent of members to respond,” said Contract Team Chair and PEF Vice President Darlene Williams. “We were extremely pleased to have 20 percent, that’s 9,604 members, respond....

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  • Members come together to demand action on health and safety issues at Brooklyn state office building 

    Members come together to demand action on health and safety issues at Brooklyn state office building 

    Persistence is paying off for PEF members who work at 55 Hanson Place in Brooklyn, where renovations to the state office building have forced staff to work in cold, noise, dust, and disarray, and where fire safety plan deficiencies prompted members to call for change.  PEF members Vivian Falto, Angelina Rodriguez-Billingsley, George Howard, and Michael...

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  • Giving thanks while continuing to advocate

    Giving thanks while continuing to advocate

    It’s hard to believe, but 2022 is almost over. It’s been a year of great accomplishments for PEF, but I’ll spare you the full litany of the union’s accomplishments until our year-end issue in a month.  For now, I’m looking forward to giving thanks with family and friends and hope every PEF member can get...

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  • Keep an eye on your public sector job: Staying ahead of AI and tech trends 

    Keep an eye on your public sector job: Staying ahead of AI and tech trends 

    In November 2020, after 66 years, toll collectors along the New York State Thruway signed off for the last time. All 1,100 of them — 200 full-time, 900 part-time — either retired or moved on to other state or private employment when their jobs were eliminated.  Why where they eliminated?  Technology.  The $355 million conversion...

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  • UNION LEADER SPOTLIGHT: Scarlett Ahmed 

    UNION LEADER SPOTLIGHT: Scarlett Ahmed 

    This is the first in a series of Q&As with Union leaders across the state. If you have a suggestion for a profile, please email communicator@pef.org.   How long have you been a PEF member?  I’ve been a PEF member since May 1, 2008 (May Day), when I started with the New York State Department...

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  • Hard work doesn’t scare this nurse 

    Hard work doesn’t scare this nurse 

    Among the tens of thousands of PEF members, nurses represent the largest title group. They work in very diverse settings across the state, like Hutchings Psychiatric Center.  That’s where Margaret Dobbins performs her job as a nurse 3, psychiatric. She is a member of the PEF Executive Board and council leader of PEF Division 301.   ...

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