• PEF, UUP and other unions call out SUNY Downstate closure plans 

    PEF, UUP and other unions call out SUNY Downstate closure plans 

    February 20, 2023 — PEF President Wayne Spence joined hundreds of UUP and PEF members, along with leaders from AFT, the New York State AFL-CIO, NYSUT and several legislators at the New York State Capitol on Feb. 6 to call on the state to stop the closure of SUNY Downstate Hospital. The rally is in...

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  • PEF reminds members to keep safe in parking lots 

    PEF reminds members to keep safe in parking lots 

    February 20, 2024 — Members continue to report issues related to the safety of parking lots while they travel to and from their State jobs.   Karen Tully, a senior attorney for the State Department, was violently attacked in 2019 while returning to her car in the Elk Street Parking lot in Albany. The lot...

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  • PEF Townhall focuses on contract and budget updates

    PEF Townhall focuses on contract and budget updates

    February 20, 2024 — As the budget season ramps up, PEF is working hard to make sure that members of the union and state workers are kept high on the list of things for legislators and the governor to focus on. During the second telephone Town Hall of the year on Feb. 15, 2024, PEF...

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  • PEF social workers join in lobbying effort to support their profession

    PEF social workers join in lobbying effort to support their profession

    February 20, 2024 — Low pay, high stress, unsafe conditions, and increasing workloads all make the job of a New York State social worker difficult. Despite those obstacles, social workers continue to perform critical work – helping New Yorkers access critical services and receive the help they need.  That was the message nearly two dozen...

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  • PEF seeks to identify all veterans in the union 

    PEF seeks to identify all veterans in the union 

    February 20, 2023 — The PEF Statewide Veterans Committee is working to further develop programming aimed at increasing awareness for veterans by engaging in advocacy and fostering support of legislation that protects the needs of military personnel, veterans and their families.  “We want to build a database here at PEF to identify all active and...

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  • The PEF $600 Higher Education Differential is coming soon!

    The PEF $600 Higher Education Differential is coming soon!

    February 20, 2024 — The Office of the State Comptroller is out with news that PEF members have been waiting for: The $600 Higher Education Differential that PEF negotiated in your current contract with the State is set to be paid soon! Members will see the money added to their paychecks on April 24, May 2...

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  • Upcoming PSWP Trainings: Data Analysis, Resilience, and Client Engagement Strategies for Diverse Challenges

    Upcoming PSWP Trainings: Data Analysis, Resilience, and Client Engagement Strategies for Diverse Challenges

    February 20, 2024 — Get a jump on your professional development and education this year with Public Service Workshop Program training courses secured through your contract. Article 15 of the PS&T contract provides money for training courses, grants, reimbursement for workshops and licensure exam fees.  These workshops fill fast, so visit the website for...

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  • PEF hits the ground running on 2024 legislative agenda following release of governor’s budget

    PEF hits the ground running on 2024 legislative agenda following release of governor’s budget

    February 2, 2024 — The PEF Legislative Department completed its initial analysis of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2024 Executive Budget, highlighting which proposals the union supports or opposes. The Statewide Political Action Committee is finalizing the priorities this week. Tier 6 pension reform and a proposed bullying law are on top of the “support” list, while...

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  • PEF highlights solutions to short staffing at workforce hearing

    PEF highlights solutions to short staffing at workforce hearing

    February 1, 2024 — During a joint legislative hearing on Workforce Development and Labor issues held on January 30 in Albany, PEF Vice President Randi DiAntonio presented lawmakers with viable solutions to the staffing shortages impacting every state agency.  DiAntonio thanked the Governor and the legislature for recent civil service reforms and for the proposals...

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  • President updates membership on contract pay dates, governor’s 2024 proposals, and more

    President updates membership on contract pay dates, governor’s 2024 proposals, and more

    January 19, 2024 — PEF President Wayne Spence and department directors updated members on recent news that would impact SUNY Downstate members, the proposed congestion pricing in the New York City area, when to expect payment of contract benefits, PEF’s campaign to end workplace bullying, and the union’s legislative priorities during a telephone town hall...

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