• Joint Telephone Town Hall updates members on SUNY Downstate fightback

    Joint Telephone Town Hall updates members on SUNY Downstate fightback

    April 11, 2024 — Since learning earlier this year about a plan to close SUNY Downstate, PEF and UUP have orchestrated a fightback campaign to make sure it does not happen. The two unions, along with concerned clergy in New York City, legislators in Albany, and Brooklyn community leaders have held rallies, meetings and marches to...

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  • PEF Telephone Town Hall: April 9, 2024

    PEF Telephone Town Hall: April 9, 2024

    Thank you to the thousands who listened in on the PEF Telephone Town Hall on April 9. If you missed it, a full audio recording is now available below. Here are some general time codes indicating what was discussed and when:  01:30 to 8:40: Higher Education Differential submission of proof deadline extended from March 29 to May...

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  • New York State employees will soon have a new dental plan!

    New York State employees will soon have a new dental plan!

    April 3, 2024 — It took years of hard work and tenacity on the part of PEF leaders and members, but New York State will replace EmblemHealth with Anthem Blue Cross as the dental provider in the New York State Health Insurance Plan this fall.  This is the culmination of years of effort. PEF led...

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  • PEF persistence pays off!

    PEF persistence pays off!

    The first quarter of 2024 is in the books! The New York State budget will be finalized soon, and I’m confident that many of PEF’s priorities will be included. I thank each of you who took the time to send an email or a letter or called your lawmakers to voice support for PEF’s priorities....

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  • Eclipse expected to bring record-breaking crowds to Niagara Region

    Eclipse expected to bring record-breaking crowds to Niagara Region

    April 3, 2024 — In 2020, staff at New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Parks) cast their eyes four years into the future – to April 8, 2024 – when a total solar eclipse’s path of totality would be passing directly over Niagara Falls State Park.  A year ago, they...

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  • Kingsboro PC members mobilize to call out workplace bullying

    Kingsboro PC members mobilize to call out workplace bullying

      April 3, 2024 — The consensus among staff at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn is clear: It’s time to stand up and fight back against the rampant bullying, retaliation, and nepotism that members face every day on the job.  “This is what our members want,” said PEF Region 11 Coordinator and Kingsboro recreation therapist...

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  • Executive Board moves forward on business at latest meeting 

    Executive Board moves forward on business at latest meeting 

    April 3, 2024 — At the first Executive Board meeting of 2024, PEF leaders approved the union’s Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget, sent a tentative contract for ratification to members at Allegany County; and heard from U.S Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and State Senators Samra Brouk and Neil Breslin.   2024-25 budget highlights  PEF Secretary-Treasurer Joe Donahue...

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  • PEF growing membership in 2024

    PEF growing membership in 2024

    April 3, 2024 — PEF is always focused on building a strong and robust membership, but since the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — which ruled that workers employed by a government entity do not have to pay union dues in order to work...

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  • PEF gears up for Wellness Fair and book giveaway 

    PEF gears up for Wellness Fair and book giveaway 

    April 3, 2024 — Health and wellness resources? 20,000 free books? What more could you ask for?!   There will be all that and more at the second annual PEF Community Wellness Fair and Reading Opens the World Book Giveaway, returning to the Washington Avenue Armory from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27. ...

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