• Letters to the Editor: November 2022

    Letters to the Editor: November 2022

    Questions timing of negotiations  To the Editor:  Contract negotiations in November, right after an election, is worthless.  I’ve been asking for months to begin in the summer, when CSEA negotiated.  Immediately after an election is the WORST possible time to negotiate.  There’s no incentive for Gov. Hochul to make concessions as there’s a long time...

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  • Retirees in Action: NYS retirement fund strong, exemplary

    Retirees in Action: NYS retirement fund strong, exemplary

    I recently came across a report from The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), which finds that state and local government retirement systems on the whole successfully navigated the 2007 to 2009 global financial crisis. Moreover, it found public retirement systems across the nation have adapted in the years since the recession by taking actions...

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  • 44th Annual PEF Convention brimming with energy, action 

    44th Annual PEF Convention brimming with energy, action 

      PEF’s 44th Annual Convention was held October 23-26 in Niagara Falls. The weather was sunny and warm, and the delegates sailed through all their work.  PEF President Wayne Spence, speaking from the podium at the Convention’s final plenary session, said he was impressed that the delegates managed to finish their work with half an...

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  • Outlook for PEF has never been better 

    Outlook for PEF has never been better 

    PEF President Wayne Spence told delegates at the union’s 44th Annual Convention that the state of the union is strong.  “Let me tell you, I have never felt better about where we are and where we are going,” Spence said.  “This year’s convention theme is ‘Reclaim Our Future’ because we are focusing on the fact...

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  • PEF in good spot financially despite loss of state workers during hiring freeze

    PEF in good spot financially despite loss of state workers during hiring freeze

    PEF Secretary-Treasurer Joe Donahue told delegates to PEF’S 44th Annual Convention in October that he has kept a sharp eye out to ensure transparency and compliance with laws and PEF policies in conducting the union’s fiscal management over the year since the 2021 convention.  PEF is in good fiscal shape, Donahue said, and a close look...

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  • Delegates amend PEF Constitution, pass resolutions

    Delegates amend PEF Constitution, pass resolutions

    Delegates to PEF’s convention in Niagara Falls approved two amendments to the PEF Constitution and dealt with a dozen proposed resolutions submitted by officers and members. The first of the constitutional amendments simply removed references to “fee payers,” since that term was made obsolete by a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The second amendment...

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  • Keynote speaker: PEF making strides to reclaim the future 

    Keynote speaker: PEF making strides to reclaim the future 

    Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, secretary-treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO, fired up the delegates on the floor during his keynote address at the 44th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls.  “It’s good to be here with you,” he said. “It’s truly humbling to be amongst such proud and successful union members. Congratulations on setting the...

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  • Peoples-Stokes: We are public servants, not servants of ourselves 

    Peoples-Stokes: We are public servants, not servants of ourselves 

    New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes praised PEF members for the work they do and the hope they bring to the future.  “I believe in public service,” she said. “This is how we move forward. We have a responsibility to deliver a service. We are public servants, not servants of ourselves.”  Peoples-Stokes...

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  • Convention 2022 was a resounding success 

    Convention 2022 was a resounding success 

    PEF did it again! Our union’s Constitution mandates we hold a Convention every autumn and for the last eight years, I’ve been honored to bang the gavel as your president.  The 44th Annual Convention took place Oct. 23-26, in Niagara Falls.  About 500 delegates from agencies across the State attended to conduct the business of...

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  • PEF has a committee to help you fight discrimination on the job 

    PEF has a committee to help you fight discrimination on the job 

    If you are being discriminating against in your state job, you don’t have to stand for it.  PEF convention delegates had two chances to attend a workshop on the work of PEF’s Joint Affirmative Action Advisory Committee to stand with members in that unfair and unfortunate situation.  PEF President Wayne Spence said the union is...

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