• 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

    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 Wayne Spence and local...

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  • Leaders from PEF Regions 6 and 7 gather for annual conference 

    Leaders from PEF Regions 6 and 7 gather for annual conference 

    “Know your contract,” “Ask your field rep,” “Don’t be scared of the process” — those are just a few of the lessons leaders from PEF regions 6 and 7 heard on Dec. 2-4 at their Leadership Conference at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.  The two-day meeting was held in person for the first time...

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  • Your union is making membership, COPE strides in 2022 

    Your union is making membership, COPE strides in 2022 

    PEF is on the move, signing up new members and building federal political power through voluntary COPE contributions.  Among public-sector locals across the country that are participating in SEIU’s “Together We Rise” initiative, PEF tops the list for new member sign-ups, far surpassing its goal for 2022.  By November 25, PEF had signed up 3,818...

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  • Union membership can open doors to financial aid for higher education 

    Union membership can open doors to financial aid for higher education 

    You can’t escape news of the student loan debt incurred by millions of people across the country. The numbers are sobering, as the debt stands in the way of many facets of the American Dream, such as homebuying, financial stability, and saving for the future.  In 2022-23, the average tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate...

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  • Robbed of her child, her home and her trust, this PEF retiree soldiers on 

    Robbed of her child, her home and her trust, this PEF retiree soldiers on 

    Thieves broke into Luella Kenny’s house six times in the late 1970s to steal whatever they could find and nothing, including a full-size pool table, was too big for them to take.  “They cleaned us out,” Kenny recalls. Her home in the now notorious Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls was unsafe to live in...

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  • 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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