• PEF Contract Team meets for second time with State 

    PEF Contract Team meets for second time with State 

    December 21, 2022 — The PEF PS&T Contract Team held its second meeting with the Office of Employee Relations on Dec. 13.  It was the first face-to-face (i.e., non-virtual) meeting and every member of the team was present:  Scarlett Ahmed, Department of Labor; Vincent Cicatello, Office of Mental Health; Ricardo Cruz, Downstate Director of PEF...

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  • Long overdue leadership change coming to OCFS 

    Long overdue leadership change coming to OCFS 

    December 15, 2022 — It’s time to shut the door on toxic workplaces at Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) facilities across New York – and the upcoming announced departure of Commissioner Sheila Poole by the end of the year is a welcome first step.  What do I mean by toxic workplaces?   As a...

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  • PEF secures salary reallocation for Roswell nurses

    PEF secures salary reallocation for Roswell nurses

    December 21, 2022 — The PEF Roswell Park Contract Team and management from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC) have agreed to reallocate the salaries of the more than 680 PEF nurses employed by the facility in Buffalo.   Since Roswell is not part of the State’s Civil Service system, nurses who work there were not...

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  • Albany County Probation reaches tentative agreement with county; no givebacks and a 16% raise over six years 

    Albany County Probation reaches tentative agreement with county; no givebacks and a 16% raise over six years 

    December 21, 2022 — An impressive turnout at the Albany Labor Day parade, with signs and shirts demanding a fair contract, got the ball rolling again towards a collective bargaining agreement for PEF members at the Albany County Probation department, who have been in negotiations with the county for nearly a year.  They reached a...

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  • Understanding the Taylor Law and what could be considered punishable strike action for public employees

    Understanding the Taylor Law and what could be considered punishable strike action for public employees

    December 21, 2022 — Picket lines are popping up as both new and long-time unions fight stalled or soured contract negotiations by striking. When working conditions leave much to be desired, many union members may think it’s time to show they’re serious.  “Let’s all call in sick tomorrow.”   “We should all come in five minutes...

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  • PEF members donate to local school’s Santa Shop 

    PEF members donate to local school’s Santa Shop 

      December 21, 2022 — Elementary students at the Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29 in Rochester can shop for their parents, guardians, and loved ones at the school’s Santa Shop thanks to the generous donations of PEF members and their community.  “It means everything to the students to get gifts for family members that...

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  • Region 3 recognized for outstanding political action 

    Region 3 recognized for outstanding political action 

    December 21, 2022 — The Rochester Labor Council recognized Region 3 and Coordinator Leisa Abraham for outstanding advocacy in political action at their annual awards dinner this month, highlighting PEF’s participation in Labor Day parades and labor walks.  “It’s really the members who turned out that deserve the recognition,” said Abraham. “Our members are becoming...

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  • PEF retirees support the American Red Cross 

    PEF retirees support the American Red Cross 

    December 21, 2022 — When there is a house fire, a natural disaster, a mass casualty incident, a critical need for blood donation, support for miliary families, and so much more – the American Red Cross is there.   And many times, so are PEF retirees and members.  On the frontlines in times of need  Retiree...

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  • The gift of reading: PEF donates books to children at secure OMH facility

    The gift of reading: PEF donates books to children at secure OMH facility

    December 7, 2022 — The holidays came early for youth at the Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills on Long Island when “PEF Operation: First Book” paid a visit. Each child had their pick of books donated by PEF and could take with them three titles of their choosing. On November 28, PEF President...

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